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On dairy, Freeland said, Canada buys five times more than it sells to the US; on lumber, Canadian producers have always prevailed in past court cases, and a protracted dispute would only drive up USA housing costs. "Canada is the second-largest export market for USA dairy products, surpassed only by Mexico", she said.

The president took issue with changes on milk classification that he says have put farmers in Wisconsin and NY state out of business.

President Donald Trump ratcheted up his criticism of Canada on Thursday, slamming the country for protectionist measures it has taken with its dairy industry that Trump says have negatively affected U.S. dairy farmers. And our farmers in Wisconsin and New York State are being put out of business, our dairy farmers.

The trip brought Trump to the congressional district of House Speaker Paul Ryan, but Ryan was out of the country on a congressional trip.

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent Trump a letter on Tuesday urging him to take action.

"What they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace".

He says the dairy industry in Canada is doing well. We have a supply management system that works very well here in Canada.

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Lumber has been a trade irritant between the two nations for generations, so it's little surprise it would be singled out by Trump.

But Trump returned to Tuesday to the economic tough talk of his campaign, saying: "We're going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all", referring to the Clinton-era USA trade pact with Canada and Mexico.

The specific program in question is the National Ingredients Strategy, a type of pricing program that gives incentives for Canadian dairy processors that steer them away from purchasing US dairy products.

The Roskopfs said Grassland had not contacted them since the beginning of the month, despite company spokesman Maureen Lee pledging publicly last week that Grassland would be "assisting producers to find a new home for their milk".

Canada's ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, said Wednesday that he expected "constructive discussions" around dairy and other issues if NAFTA is renegotiated.

"Any increase of trade barriers between our countries would significantly impact jobs in the United States, as well as in Canada".

More than 75% of Canada's exports go to the US, and only 18% is imported from U.S.

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The president's broadside against Canada on Thursday is remarkable because the neighboring nation is the U.S.'s second-largest trading partner and is the biggest market for USA exports.

Grassland Dairy Products Inc., of Greenwood, informed 67 dairy farms in early April, most from Wisconsin and some from Minnesota, it no longer would accept their milk after May 1, citing Canada's new pricing policy.

Still, up to now, Canada's efforts on the US front have unfolded on a rare bipartisan basis.

The U.S.is debating the idea of a border tax that could hurt certain imported products _ including Canadian oil, which is a leading source of America's energy supply.

Despite the tough talk from Trump, Trudeau said he saw an opportunity to engage with the U.S. President.

Clarke Gourlay loves his cows and gives them the TLC they need to produce the best milk possible.But his operation at Morningstar Farm and Little Qualicum Cheeseworks in Parksville is also high tech including a milking machine the cows literally line up to get into 24 hours a day. It was his first response to President Donald Trump's Wisconsin pledge to press Canada for changes to its dairy system as part of North American Free Trade Agreement talks.

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