For second time this week, Trump jabs at Canada over trade


"What they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace". "Canada is the second-largest export market for USA dairy products, surpassed only by Mexico".

Canada, one of the U.S.'s top trading partners, has imposed an import tax on ultra-filtered milk, a product used in the cheese-making process.

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter has some advice for U.S. President Donald Trump over remarks claiming unfair dairy trade practices between Canada and the U.S. and the affects on the American dairy industry's revenue and jobs.

He threatened to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) unless there were substantial changes to what he called a "very unfair" system and he called trade rules between Canada and the US a "complete and total disaster" for the U.S.

"It nearly sounded like the president was saying Canada is putting new rules in place", Bonnett said.

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That said, contrary to what we think, it is Justin Trudeau who should have the big stick in this commercial war that Donald Trump wants to deliver. "Every country protects, for good reason, its agricultural industries".

Indeed, they came at the end of a longer statement, when he said, "I wasn't going to do this, " before launching into a pointed complaint that echoed sentiments he heard this week about dairy in Wisconsin.

Trump was amplifying the complaints of Wisconsin and NY governors, who say Canada's decision to create a new lower-priced, classification of milk product has frozen USA producers out of the Canadian market.

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

Trudeau said the system "works very well" in Canada.

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While the outlook is improving, growth is still modest and subject to heightened political and policy uncertainties, it said. He said that the administration's goal was to make trade more fair and was not aimed at erecting protectionist barriers.

"Time and again, Canada has demonstrated its disregard of its dairy commitments to the United States - hampering America's exports to Canada - while pursuing ways to use its government-controlled system to unfairly dump greater Canadian exports in global markets", BNN reported.

The National Milk Producers Federation said losses for the dairy industries in Wisconsin and NY alone could run into hundreds of millions of dollars.

Trump said he wouldn't allow the situation to continue and brought up a separate conflict with Canada over timber. "It's a disgrace", Trump said in the Oval Office, without elaborating on what he meant. It's unclear how his negotiators will work to broker an agreement that will be palatable to both Canada and the US, or if the issue may be pushed to the wayside because of its complexity. "When customers in Canada, who have been purchasing milk products from American suppliers for years, suddenly decide to switch to domestic suppliers after Canada implements a major change in milk pricing, it is abundantly clear that the lost business incurred by US farmers is directly tied to Canada's milk pricing system".

"Our government will always defend Canada's interests", she said.

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