Strident Trump targets Canadian trade on energy, lumber, dairy files

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday brushed off an attack by U.S. President Donald Trump on Canada's system of dairy protections, saying every nation defended its agricultural industries.

MacNaughton first responded soon after Trump's remarks, sending a letter to the governors of Wisconsin and NY, both USA dairy strongholds, saying "the facts do not bear out" the us president's criticism of Canada.

"We can't let Canada or anybody else take advantage and do what they did to our workers and to our farmers", Trump said. "Canada is the second-largest export market for US dairy products, surpassed only by Mexico".

Alberta's dairy farmers are defending Canada's supply management system in the face of criticism from US president Donald Trump.

"The fact is, NAFTA, whether it's Mexico or Canada, is a disaster for our country".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is anxious about Trump's protectionist talk and has sent his ministers to the U.S.to talk about the importance of Canada's trade relationship with the U.S. "The Americans and other countries choose to subsidize to the tunes of hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars, their agriculture industries, including their dairy".

"We're also going to stand up for our dairy farmers", Trump said in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

It is an ongoing effort and a crucial one since the U.S.is by far Canada's biggest trading partner and that trade has been responsible in great part for Canada's prosperity. "It's not just enough for me as a governor, I need the president and the White House behind us", Walker said.

Ironically, Trump's comments came only hours after Trudeau praised the president's willingness to listen to reason.

USA dairy groups appealed to Trump for help after Canada recently introduced a new policy that gives the country's producers an incentive to buy domestic supplies of ultra-filtered milk, a concentrated ingredient used to boost protein content in cheese and yogurt.

"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 through the National Ingredients Strategy.

"It's absurd for the Canadian government to assert there is no relationship between its new Class 7 policy and the lost US milk sales there".

Trudeau said the system "works very well" in Canada.

Why? Because the United States has a positive balance of U.S. $ 8 billion in trade in goods and services between the two countries.

"Canada does not accept the contention that Canada's dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States", MacNaughton said.

"Wanted to milk cows instead of going to school when I was 5 years old, but mom and dad forced me", Von Ruden said.

  • Larry Hoffman