State lawmaker: Canada doesn't grasp urgency of milk crisis


"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.

Earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will continue to protect Canada's agriculture producers - including its supply management system for dairy - as he tries to engage with the USA administration on a variety of trade irritants. The trade groups are seeking to appeal to Trump's stated interest in protecting American businesses from unfair trade practices. He also wrote that "technical barriers" make the USA more protectionist than Canada, and his nation isn't a cause of the global oversupply that has hurt American farmers.

There are 218 dairy farms in Nova Scotia, and Damsteegt believes the Canadian system provides a high quality product for consumers.

"That includes Canada, because, in Canada, some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers and others", Trump continued.

American groups say that agreement means USA exports of these high-protein milk products are being elbowed out of the Canadian market for a domestic supply, costing USA farm jobs. Leading imports included snack foods, red meats, live animals, vegetable oils, and processed fruit and vegetables.

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It could all be up for discussion in NAFTA and other forums.

Dairy industries organizations in Australia and New Zealand said Wednesday that they would support the USA if it took the dairy dispute to the World Trade Organization, following Trump's declaration that existing rules are unfair, the Financial Post reported.

Trump brought the issue up again on Thursday, saying "rules, regulations, different things have changed" and are putting dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY state.

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O'Toole says Bernier's policy demonstrates a lack of understand of agriculture and that the current system has nothing to do with any market specific issues in the United States. Cayuga Milk Ingredients in Auburn, New York, said it also lost all of its Canadian exports, a source of about 30% of overall sales.

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"The fact is, NAFTA - whether it's Mexico or Canada - is a disaster for our country". "We have repeatedly stressed that trade must be fair and that all countries should be held accountable when they break the rules. They are using us as a scapegoat", said Gerrit Damsteegt, a Shubenacadie dairy farmer and chairman of the Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia.

But they do represent a marked departure from Trump's warm words for Canada after he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington only two months ago.

"As politicians we're very much trained to say something and stick with it". "I had a suspicion that the business would go away over time".

Back at Mullins, Bill said he has a passion for dairy and its role in the Badger State, so the farms he's taking under his wing will stay there.

Trump appeared to be taking issue with Canadian dairy producer's decision to lower the price of dairy ingredients to make Canadian products more affordable, which drew business away from producers in Wisconsin and NY state.

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