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ibusinesslines.com November 24, 2017


Cuomo, Walker complain to Trump about Canada's 'protectionist' dairy trade rules

21 April 2017, 05:06 | Erica Roy

A Canadian government minister said Thursday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration is looking forward to trade negotiations with Donald Trump despite the US president's recent ramp up of criticism of Canadian policy.

The president took issue with Canadian changes on milk classification that he said have put farmers in Wisconsin and NY state out of business.

Brancel encouraged processors to consider taking on even one farm as the state tries to help producers find a new contract in the next two weeks.

Trump launched his broadside after a brewing trade spat that has seen the US dairy lobby accuse Canada of "systemic disregard" of its trade obligations, while the Canadian industry accused its American rival of "scapegoating".

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent Trump a letter on Tuesday urging him to take action.

MacNaughton called Canada-U.S. relations a "model" for the world, "but it is important that we work together to grow middle-class jobs and not lay blame where is does not belong".

For his part, Finance Minister Bill Morneau will tell this week's meeting of G20 finance ministers in Washington that Trump's executive order runs contrary to Canada's trading interests.

Trump also criticized the US trading regime, which calls for a waiting period, and consultations that can stretch to three months or beyond.

The current system limits the amount of dairy and poultry Canada can import before a tariff kicks in.


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand volunteers at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York on Friday Dec. 2, 2016 in Colonie, N.Y.

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.

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.

"Decision makers make statements that indicate a position that they intend to take and we're in the business of responding to positions that are actually taken", Carr said when asked about Trump's comments. "It's another typical one-sided deal against the United States and it's not going to be happening for long", he said.

Trump last week promised "pleasant surprises" from planned renegotiations of NAFTA, an agreement he's called the worst deal in US history.

They say the Trump administration plans to take steps to protect the integrity of the US steel industry.

Adjusted for population, this means that Canadians are 20 times as likely to flee their home country as are Americans, so it seems that Canadians are using Trudeau's wide-open door policy to escape to the land of the courageous and the free.

"The whole thing is ridiculous".

Trump said this week he would make "some very big changes" to the NAFTA treaty with Canada and Mexico or "we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all".



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