Canadian PM Responds to Trump's Criticism of Dairy Industry

Canadian dairy farmers defend our country's supply management system, saying it produces the highest quality milk in the world while keeping family farms in business. He also suggested bringing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other lawmakers into the discussion.

"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. "Since Canada's damaging policies also impact dairy farms in". "Included in there is lumber, timber and energy".

The U.S. president took aim at Canada's dairy industry this week for creating a new lower-priced classification of milk product that he argues hurts U.S. producers. The president's comments have led many observers to speculate that dairy - and Canada's system of supply management - could be a target as the US considers a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


Trump made his most critical comments yet about Canadian trade earlier in the day.

"There are plenty of things we can do that will put a lot of pressure on Canada", he said. "This is kind of like waving a red flag at a bull, the tweak we did with the unfiltered milk: it was nearly destined to draw a response". Bizarrely, it came yesterday midway through a completely unrelated executive-order-signing ceremony (to investigate if foreign steel should join foreign people on the list of US security threats). 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.

Canadians apparently won't have to wait long to find out exactly how Trump plans to change the two nation's trading relationship, as the U.S. President pledged to make negotiations a priority. "We're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly".


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