A Canadian government minister said Thursday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration is looking forward to trade negotiations with Donald Trump despite the USA president's recent ramp up of criticism of Canadian policy.
Canada's envoy to Washington on Tuesday sent a letter to the governors of NY and Wisconsin - both major dairy states - saying USA producers' problems stemmed from overproduction rather than Canadian policy.
"The facts do not bear this out".
US President Donald Trump dove straight into a trade fight with Canada, promising US dairy farmers his administration would intervene to restore exports of American milk.
"I will continue to defend supply management because it works for our farmers, it works for our agricultural industry and it works for Canadians", said Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau said he wants to have a fact-based conversation with the Americans, noting the USA - like other countries - subsidizes its dairy and agriculture industries to the tune of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars.
At the signing of the Memorandum Regarding the Investigation Pursuant to Section 232 (B) of the Trade Expansion Act, President Trump criticized current trade relations with Canada while also speaking about his plans to fight for American workers and restore jobs. "We have such a long and fruitful history of trade with the United States". Canada imposed an import tax on filtered milk, which had previously been duty free, after the country's dairy farmers complained about US imports. "There is no market for all the milk that is being produced".
"It nearly sounded like the president was saying Canada is putting new rules in place", Bonnett said.
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David Weins, who heads the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, says the Canadian industry can't be held responsible for issues that are American in origin. First they moved to block our exports and, even more problematic, their new pricing strategy is positioning them to further undercut global powder markets by dumping their surplus on the world market.
"As made clear in the report, Canada is not a contributor to the overproduction problem".
The ambassador also noted that the current dairy trade balance favours the USA five to one - a point he underscored again during a news conference on Wednesday.
"This irritated the Americans because they had this advantage for so many years and now they're facing a competitive group of farmers in Canada".
Schumer said Friday morning that he spoke with Trump about the matter Thursday, and that the two men will join with Ryan to tackle the Canadian dairy trade issue.
"We're not going to overreact", Trudeau told Bloomberg.