Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Trump calls Canada's dairy trade policies a 'disgrace'


Trump later announced that "we're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly...this is another NAFTA disaster, and we're not going to let it continue onward".

"What the U.S.is saying is "Oh, you should be giving us access" - at the same time as (it's) saying 'Oh, we want to not give other people access in other markets, '" he said.

Signing his executive order to probe foreign threats to the USA steel industry, the president called his perceived trade imbalance with Canada as "a disgrace".

"Political reality means that external pressure like (Trump) is the only way to force changes to the Canadian system", Herman said.

But he said changing trade agreements takes years - time Wisconsin dairy producers don't have as they scramble to find new buyers for excess milk.

"Included in there is lumber, timber and energy".

Trump's sudden embrace of a harder line is a sharp reversal from a few weeks ago.

"Canada is not to blame for the issues in the United States, or, as far as that goes, the issues in the world".

The most recent flashpoint came a year ago, when Canada's dairy farmers struck a new pricing deal with processors including Saputo Inc and Parmalat Canada.

A state lawmaker says Canadian officials don't appear to have a sense of urgency about helping dozens of Wisconsin dairy farmers who face going out of business after a change in Canada's domestic pricing policy evaporated demand for US milk.

He provided no rationale for his complaints.

On dairy, he offered a scintilla of detail.

Tuesday, it was Trump to give an aggressive warning.

Trump spoke out against Canada on Tuesday in a way he's not done before, saying Canada has been "very, very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that". "It's a disgrace", he said.

"To the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Trudeau. back off!"

They're seeking customers to fill the void left by the Canadian companies that used to purchase ultra-filtered milk for cheese production.

Canada has ample reasons to engage.

Already the uncertainty has caused some businesses to pause investments in Canada, according to the Bank of Canada.

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That order sets a timeline for his administration to study possible tariffs on foreign steel.

Canada's Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, sent a letter to two U.S. governors on Tuesday night, a few hours after President Trump's speech in Wisconsin. "And that includes Canada", Trump told the crowd.

The U.S. dairy industry has won over a president who is predisposed to fighting against any trading partner with a perceived advantage over American workers.

US President Donald Trump has delivered another broadside against Canada and this one is the most sweeping yet.

"Our government will always defend Canada's interests", she said.

"Any increase of trade barriers between our countries would significantly impact jobs in the United States, as well as in Canada".

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