Trump attacks supply management for dairy
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 17:28
With Donald Trump ramping up his anti-Canada trade rhetoric, Justin Trudeau says the United States - like other countries - subsidizes its dairy and agriculture industries by hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars.
He states that past year, 15,000 Canadians applied for and received permanent residency in the US while only 7,500 Americans sought and received the same in Canada.
President Donald Trump is promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY without a market for their product.
Standing up for dairy farmers in Wisconsin "demands fair trade with all of our trading partners", Trump said, "and that includes Canada".
The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which has previously denounced the complaints as "falsehoods and half-truths", said Tuesday it was confident the federal government would continue to defend the dairy industry.
Canada has made a decision to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. He said they can always look to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement.
He said the US now enjoys a $400-million dairy surplus with Canada.
"When we allow Canadian products in duty free but, they find a loophole for American milk, that's not fair".
"Rules, regulations, different things have changed - and our farmers in Wisconsin and New York State are being put out of business". "It's politics", Trudeau said. That's almost double the value exported to Canada, the country's second biggest export market, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
"We're going to get together and we're going to call Canada, and we're going to say, 'What happened?' And they might give us an answer, but we're going to get the solution and not just the answer, because we know what the solution is".
Trump also criticized the US trading regime, which calls for a waiting period, and consultations that can stretch to three months or beyond. "Those trade agreements traditionally have taken a lot of time and effort to get everybody on the same page and we know we've benefited tremendously on the NAFTA agreement that we have", Brown said.
Mullins Cheese owner Bill Mullins told the journal his business is at capacity, "but we're going a little over board".
"U.S. dairy exports support approximately 110,000 jobs across America, many of which are in farming and food manufacturing, as well as in supporting rural manufacturing and skilled farm service workers", the organizations said in the letter.
Senior finance officials who briefed reporters on the meetings suggest the order would run counter to protections Canada has secured through NAFTA.