Canadian PM Responds to Trump's Criticism of Dairy Industry
- Author: Alfonso Moody Apr 24, 2017,
Apr 24, 2017, 5:21
Trump's verbal shot followed meetings with 75 Wisconsin dairy farmers who were told by their processor Grassland dairy that their milk wasn't needed anymore.
"Since Canada's damaging policies also impact dairy farms in Wisconsin, I suggested reaching out to Speaker Ryan".
He called what Canada has done to US dairy farmers a disgrace. "And that also includes what's happening along our northern border states with Canada, having to do with lumber and timber".
USA officials say it is already impacting companies and farms in Wisconsin and NY - the country's second and third largest milk producing states, respectively - that rely on trade with Canada for significant revenue.More news: Hillary Clinton Apologized to Obama after Election Loss
"We're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly", Trump said. Schumer's spokesman said Trump made the call.
"The way to do that is to make arguments in a respectful fashion, based on facts, and work constructively and collaboratively with our neighbors", said the Liberal leader.
"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. Now, state officials are looking to Washington for help. He said they can always look to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement. Such a cycle hasn't happened in Canada for decades because dairy farmers follow a supply management system that dictates how much dairy is produced to meet domestic demands. Carr will be in NY next week.
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. The file has always been a contentious one, with Canada largely fending off NAFTA challenges launched by the United States alleging Parliament Hill's policies essentially act as a subsidy for domestic producers.