Australia, New Zealand back Trump's fight against Canada's 'very unfair' dairy industry


Canada changed its policy on pricing its domestic milk to cover more dairy ingredients, leading to lower prices for Canadian products including ultra-filtered milk that compete with the US product.

Trump says Canada has been "very, very unfair".

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick, Paul Gaunce, believes the current trade agreement works well for both Canada and the US, rejecting's Trump's view it's a one-sided deal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fired off a joint letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, urging him to address Canadian dairy trade policies that are seen as harmful to milk producers in the United States.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is once again targeting Canadian dairy pricing programs that he and other lawmakers say hurt dairy farmers in NY.

Prior to Ontario's motion, Grassland Dairy Products in Wisconsin sent more than one million pounds of ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used in cheese, across the border daily and duty-free.

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"A WTO complaint would be a last resort because it would take five or six years to come to any resolution", said Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president for the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

"If at some point the Americans want to have a discussion on subsidies in agriculture, well we have a few on their side we could point to", he said.

"Dairy trade between Canada and the important and the sectoral trade balance massively favours the US, at around 5 to 1", the letter said.

And unfortunately, this will endure until the end of his reign at the White House and thus undermine this trade treaty which since 1994 brought Canada, the United States and Mexico together in a vast free trade area. "Those trade agreements traditionally have taken a lot of time and effort to get everybody on the same page and we know we've benefited tremendously on the NAFTA agreement that we have", Brown said.

MacNaughton touted the more than $2 billion in trade that flows both ways across the border every day, adding that he does not expect issues with any single commodity to irreparably damage historically robust trade ties.

"There are irritants. There are always going to be irritants".

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-Canada trade relations. While Trump, who was elected with the help of strong rural support, had tempered some his rhetoric on trade in recent weeks, on Tuesday he called NAFTA a "complete and total disaster" for the U.S.

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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.

Trump's comments regarding Canada came shortly after he launched an investigation on whether foreign steel arriving in the US threatens national security.

"We are going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA once and for all", he said.

Dairy farmers say they are confident that the government has their backs, but are concerned that any potential concessions on dairy in a renegotiated NAFTA could lead to significant job losses. "We can not continue like this, believe me". The tech industry has argued that the H-1B program is needed because it encourages students to stay in the US after getting degrees in high-tech specialties - and because companies can't always find enough American workers with the skills they need.

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