Trump attacks Canada's dairy trade as 'unfair' to U.S.

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And the prime minister says he will continue to protect Canada's agriculture producers, including the supply management system, as he tries to engage in "fact-based" conversation with the US administration on a variety of trade irritants.

The U.S. now enjoys a $400-million dairy surplus with Canada, "so it's not Canada that is a challenge here", he said Thursday in a question-and-answer session with Bloomberg television.

"Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers, is a disgrace".

That was the backstory behind the USA president's surprise decision to call out Canada by name Tuesday, putting dairy farmers north of the border on notice that they are in America's fair-trade sights.

One of farmer Jay Lavery's dairy goats in his barn Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017 in Sharon Springs, NY.

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Cuomo and Walker wrote that roughly 70 NY dairy farmers and millions of dollars in sales have been impacted by new Canadian regulations that target imports of ultra-filtered milk, which is used to make cheese and yogurt.

The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to decide by Tuesday whether to impose duties on Canadian softwood, which American producers say is overly subsidized and unfairly floods their market.

Trump says the order sends a "powerful signal to the world" that the US will defend its workers, protect their jobs and put America first.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he's more interested in attracting outside capital through his proposed infrastructure bank than selling off the nation's airports to fund the construction of new roads, hospitals, and other projects.

"When it comes to wasteful destructive job killing regulations, we are going to use a tool you know very well - it's called the sledgehammer", Trump said.

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"We are full now but these are great farms that we hate to pass up at this time because it is something for our future growth". That's almost double the value exported to Canada, the country's second biggest export market, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

If just 1, 2 or 3 percent of the exports were to come back to the United States, "we would see a significant drop on overall prices", he said.

Far from the U.S. "We're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly".

Mullins Cheese of Mosinee is one of what state officials hope will be several dairy processors to step in to purchase the milk from 75 farmers who were told by Grassland Dairy that it would no longer need their milk as of May 1.

But Canadian agriculture leaders say they have a right to enact domestic-minded policies, especially as US farmers flood worldwide markets with excess milk. He suggested it has stalled his attempt to renegotiate NAFTA.

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