Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Trump's latest comments stoke fear over trade

"The problems this pricing policy are creating for dairy farmers in Wisconsin, New York and Minnesota are real, and they have nothing to do with USA "overproduction, ' as alleged in a recent letter from Canada's Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton".

Canada's ambassador to Washington David MacNaughton said the overproduction of dairy is causing the losses, not changes in policy in Canada.

"We are going to stand up for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin. that demands really, immediately fair trade with all our trading partners, and that includes Canada", Trump said during an appearance in Wisconsin, which along with NY could lose hundreds of millions of dollars if the dispute is not resolved.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday delivered some unusually harsh remarks about Canada, slamming the country's dairy supply management system as a "one-sided deal" that disadvantages American farmers.

Dairy producers in both states say Canada's decision to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk - a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese - has unfairly hurt them.

MacNaughton said his intent with the letter was to correct the record following a letter critical of Canada's supply-management dairy system from the governors of Wisconsin and NY.

Despite Trump's promises to find a "solution" to the dispute, Stephenson said dairy farmers aren't holding their breath. Many of those farms may now be forced out of business.

Couillard promised to defend Canadian and particularly Quebec family farms and to defend the right of young people to choose a rural way of life in agriculture.

"They (governors) want to be seen to be standing up for their dairy farmers and I think the Government of Canada wants to be seen to be standing up for its dairy farmers", he said.

Mr. Trump defended Wisconsin's dairy farms by suggesting that Canada was "unfairly" committed to them.

President Donald Trump has vowed to help, calling Canada "very unfair". Critics, like Conservative Party leadership candidate Maxime Bernier, who has called it a cartel, say the system has artificially increased the price of dairy, chicken and eggs.

Sources told SN that the dispute is not likely to have a significant impact on the supply or availability of dairy products in the U.S. However, there could be other pricing and availability ramifications if the U.S. takes retaliatory action against products imported to the U.S. from Canada. And we'll be reporting back sometime over the next two weeks as to NAFTA and what we're going to do about it. It is frequently criticized by other dairy-producing countries.

Watch The Agenda this Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. for more coverage on President Trump's comments on Canadian dairy farming.

"Americans are starting to realize more and more that Canada is pretty important to jobs in the USA", he said.

Last week, U.S. Sens.

- Canada has about 12,000 dairy farms with about 950,000 cows. "NAFTA has been very, very bad for our country", Trump said. -Canada dispute over milk, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Canada had begun imposing import taxes on USA ultra-filtered milk.

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