Trudeau defends supply management, wants 'fact' based trade talk with US

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

After what has been a relatively warm beginning in relations with Canada, which included what was seen by many as a positive trip to Washington by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump dropped the gloves on Canada's well-guarded dairy sector, one of the sacred cows of Canadian industry.

Dairy farmers in the US complain it's a new tariff that closes the Canadian market to them.

Ball recently partnered with Ben Brancel, secretary of Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist dairy producers in their respective states that have been negatively affected by Canada's trade actions.

White House officials say Trump's order looks at lifting exemptions that allow foreign companies to bid on projects in the USA, something Canada now enjoys under NAFTA.

"We're going to get together and we're going to call Canada, and we're going to say, 'What happened?' And they might give us an answer, but we're going to get the solution and not just the answer, because we know what the solution is".

The current system limits the amount of dairy and poultry Canada can import before a tariff kicks in.

"Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers, is a disgrace". "Our government looks forward to sitting down with the United States".

They say the Trump administration plans to take steps to protect the integrity of the USA steel industry. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and U.S. Sen.

Adjusted for population, this means that Canadians are 20 times as likely to flee their home country as are Americans, so it seems that Canadians are using Trudeau's wide-open door policy to escape to the land of the fearless and the free.

Trudeau made his remarks prior to Trump's latest anti-Canadian invective, in which the USA president again called out Canada - this time from the Oval Office - as "a disgrace" for hurting American dairy farmers.

"Decision makers make statements that indicate a position that they intend to take and we're in the business of responding to positions that are actually taken", Carr said when asked about Trump's comments.

"When it comes to wasteful destructive job killing regulations, we are going to use a tool you know very well - it's called the sledgehammer", he said.

Softwood lumber is a long-standing irritant between Canada and the U.S. The two sides are working on a new agreement to replace the nine-year truce that expired in 2015.

Some hope that President Donald Trump will renegotiate NAFTA, a promise he ran on during the 2016 campaign.

Trump said this week he would make "some very big changes" to the NAFTA treaty with Canada and Mexico or "we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all".

"Processors are starting to feel the economic pinch" of the policy, which went into effect February 1, said Steve Ammerman, spokesman for the New York Farm Bureau.

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