Trump calls Canada's dairy trade policies a 'disgrace'
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 1:51
Members of Congress from Wisconsin and NY contend Canada is violating trade agreements, and they plan to raise the issue with President Donald Trump.
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Why? Because the United States has a positive balance of USA $ 8 billion in trade in goods and services between the two countries.
The Canadian government protects its dairy industry through import tariffs and other measures, and dairy farmers in Canada have recently slashed some of their prices to undercut United States dairy farmers.
"We're not the problem. Because this will lead to lots of trouble on both sides of the border, we have the trouble now", Schumer said.
And rightly, because they know full well that Trump is giving them a commercial war based more on a panoply of prejudices than on facts and statistics.
"The facts do not bear this out", MacNaughton's letter states before arguing overproduction in both the US and world are causing poor results, something Canada is not doing.
"Canada is very unique..." "But the best way to negotiate in the best interest of your own people would be to do the same thing with your softwood lumber market, not to succumb to protectionist nonsense".
That's because in recent years there been an increasing demand for high-fat products, such as butter, so more milk is needed to produce it.
While the US claim of Canada dumping subsidized milk into its market is unfounded, the underlying sentiment reflects an ongoing anger towards a Canadian system that is seen to be blocking fair trade in the dairy sector. The industry's stability, he said, ensures rigourous animal welfare and environmental standards are upheld.
"They believe in buying local food, and from an environmental perspective and an environmental footprint it all makes sense". All major Canadian political parties have promised to defend supply management.
Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent Trump a letter on Tuesday urging him to take action.
"The Government of Canada is aware of your letter asking that President Trump address Canada's dairy policies".
"Canada does not accept the contention that Canadian dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States", MacNaughton wrote, as reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
"The facts do not bear this out".
MacNaughton went on to state dairy farmers globally are facing challenges, including "international pressures of low world prices and a surplus of skim milk solids".
"It is important that we work together to grow the middle class, and not lay blame where it does not belong", MacNaughton writers. On lumber, cheaper Canadian wood has reduced the cost of USA homes but also caused recurring legal spats with the US industry that alleges product-dumping.