Canada's Trudeau defends dairy system after Trump blast

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Mr Trump has long voiced concerns about US-Canadian trade.

It has no plans to change course, no matter how hard the USA president tries to rock the boat.

Canada is pushing back over US President Donald Trump's criticism that its protectionist dairy policies are hurting US farmers.

Carr said Canada's government knows it can make a very persuasive case for the integration of the two nations' economies when the sides meet for trade talks in a few months.

Earlier Thursday, Freeland spoke at an event in Toronto where she said that, broadly, she feels "very good" about the U.S. He also added that they are aware of the letter which they sent to Trump to look Canadian dairy practices.

President Donald Trump singled Canada out by name Tuesday as he put dairy farmers north of the border on notice that they are in America's fair-trade sights. "Included in there is lumber, timber and energy".

MacNaughton said the move does not affect Canada's global trade obligations. "My role as chief marketing officer of Canada is to make sure the forestry industry throughout Canada is healthy".

When Trudeau visited the White House in February, Trump praised the "outstanding" trade relationship between the United States and Canada, saying he would only be "tweaking" it going forward.

He provided no rationale for his complaints. He said Canada imports 6.3 percent of its cheese, 10 percent of its butter and 10 percent of its milk powders from the U.S, while the USA imports 3 percent of its cheese, 3 percent of its butter and 8 percent of its milk powders from Canada. So it would be spread over the whole Canadian industry ...

On dairy, he offered a scintilla of detail.

"I want to just add - I wasn't going to do this, but I was in Wisconsin the other day, and I want to end by saying that Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace".

The work would start immediately, Trump said.

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Trump said Tuesday that a trade dispute with Canada has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY without a market they had for their product.

Estimates of how much of Canada's softwood lumber is shipped to the USA are as high as 70 per cent, but the Trudeau government has placed a priority on finding new trade markets in Asia - especially China - for a variety of goods and services.

Trudeau spoke Thursday in Toronto during an interview with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait. Decisions are also expected in the coming weeks on duties on Canadian lumber, another instalment of a once-a-decade feud between Canadian and American lumber producers.

Bernier calls supply management a cartel, a phrase his competitor Erin O'Toole says turns farming families into nothing more than political props. And on dairy, we are very comfortable with our position.

"Obviously there is an election in Mexico next year which I think is hanging over all of this".

Canada has ample reasons to engage. "We will judge American policy when American policy is announced".

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

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Wolf says Canada's dairy supply-management system has been attacked by other countries like New Zealand and Australia and it will be breached by the trade agreement with the EU which will allow European cheeses into Canada.

The Canadian government responded with a statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

MacNaughton writes that the Canada dairy industry is less protectionist than that of the U.S, which he says has employed technical barriers to keep Canadian dairy out of the US market. "How do you expect us to (consume) your over-supply of milk when we already produce milk for our market?"

"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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