Canada: Trump is wrong when he says dairy practices unfair

Posted April 19, 2017

A trio of Senators from Wisconsin and NY are asking the Trump Administration to act against trade barriers restricting USA dairy farmers product access to Canadian markets.

Canada has slapped import taxes on ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese.

Trump also reiterated his threat to eliminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico if it can not be changed.

Dozens of dairy producers in Wisconsin and NY have been affected by the policy and have been up in arms for months, accusing Canada of flouting global trade rules and preventing American farmers from fairly competing. "It's corn and soy also that go down there so our huge trading partner and we need that market". Canadians have rebuked those claims, arguing the U.S. produces too much milk in a global market already saturated with it.

MacNaughton backed the organization's position that Canada has done nothing to block US imports, and that the predicament is the result of an "over-saturated" market that has led to lower prices.

Cuomo's office noted the state's existing trade relationship with Canada.

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"As we feared, these policies are now prohibiting our nation's dairy processors from accessing the Canadian market", said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.

Trump did not specify what parts of Canada's tariff-protected dairy sector he wanted to change, nor what measures he would take to make it happen, but his remarks re-ignited calls for a complaint to the World Trade Organization. "It's your own responsibility, as a country, to manage your production", a spokesperson for Dairy Farmers of Canada told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel last week. Dairy farming is one of the largest industries in Canada.

"If these multi-generational farm families can not find another market for their milk, they will be forced to sell their cows and go out of business", New York Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball wrote in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week.

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, speaking to CTV, said about the dispute that "any form of restriction (on) trade will hurt workers on both sides of the border". "What has happened to you is very unfair". He suggested it has stalled his attempt to renegotiate NAFTA.

Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and U.S. Sen.