What's Trump's problem with Canada's milk?

Hispanic man works at a dairy farm in Fairfield Vt. U.S dairy farmers struggling with low milk prices worry that President Donald Trump's 2017 talk of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement coul

Hispanic man works at a dairy farm in Fairfield Vt. U.S dairy farmers struggling with low milk prices worry that President Donald Trump's 2017 talk of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement coul

Trump is complaining about trade with Canada in three specific areas: lumber, energy, and dairy and he says the U.S. can't let Canada or anyone else take advantage of America.

While the state's Democratic leaders have been frequently critical of the Trump administration's actions, the ideas behind a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order signed during the Wisconsin trip were lauded by Schumer.

"There's nothing at the border stopping the dairy industry from the USA exporting to this country, we have to make sure we have a good discussion about trade with the United States, and we have to make sure that it's base on facts", Gallant said.

Even though Ellis welcomes Trump's critique of Canada's dairy trade restrictions, he doesn't think the Canadian government will change course.

Eight per cent of milk consumed in Canada is imported, he says, compared to less than two per cent in the U.S.

"In Canada, some very unfair things have been happening to our dairy farmers".

In their April 13 letter, the four USA dairy organizations urged Trump to call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt the Class 7 program, saying it was "specifically created to stop an important US dairy export to Canada". "Because this will lead to lots of trouble on both sides of the border, we have the trouble now", Schumer said.

Trump spoke out against Canada on Tuesday in a way he's not done before, saying Canada has been "very, very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that". New Brunswick, Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario producers were all represented.

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Dumontier says it's ironic Trump is calling Canada protectionist when it comes to dairy, noting the US system of subsidizing farmers has created a market that's even more protectionist.

Trump promises to work with Wisconsin's congressional delegation, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, to get a solution. "It's a disgrace", he said. "Farmers in Wisconsin and NY state are being put out of business".

In a statement Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the Liberals will "always defend Canada's interests".

After milk, what other Canadian products are likely to be affected by President Trump's commercial prejudice? "Canada buys more from the US than any other country - including the EU, Mexico, China and Japan", wrote Alex Lawrence in an emailed statement.

According to the ambassador, American producers export five times more to Canada than they export to the south. And that means it will likely be on the table of any future NAFTA renegotiation.

Von Massow sees Trump's comments as an attempt to strike a better deal for the United States, while ignoring its own similar behaviours in other sectors.

MacNaughton writes that the Canada dairy industry is less protectionist than that of the U.S, which he says has employed technical barriers to keep Canadian dairy out of the US market.

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