Trump slams Canada for tax on imported milk

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Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and U.S. Sen. There are fears among Canadians that they could be hurt as Trump targets Mexico in a re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump slammed Canada's supply management system in comments made Tuesday while signing a new "Buy American Hire American" executive order.

Trevor Hargreaves with the BC Dairy Association dismissed Trump's call, and defended the Canadian system. Trade between Canada and NY totaled $32.93 billion in goods and supported more than 500,000 jobs.

Industry groups in New Zealand, Australia, the European Union, Mexico and the United States complained that the new prices for Canadian milk ingredients under-cut their exports to Canada.

Ambassador David MacNaughton says that problems with the USA dairy industry are due to US and global overproduction.

Canada's new milk pricing has led processors like Grassland Dairy Products, Inc.to cancel contracts with dairies in Wisconsin. House Speaker Paul Ryan was unable to attend because he's leading a congressional delegation on an overseas trip this week. -Canada trade relations. While Trump, who was elected with the help of strong rural support, had tempered some his rhetoric on trade in recent weeks, on Tuesday he called Nafta a "complete and total disaster" for the U.S. "Nearly one year ago, we, along with other state and USA dairy officials, warned our federal partners - and Canadian industry and government representatives at all levels - that protectionist regulations would harm USA dairy producers". It's a awful thing that happened to the farmers of Wisconsin.

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He said the facts don't bear that out and attached a U.S. Department of Agriculture dairy outlook report that "clearly indicates the poor results in the U.S. sector are due U.S. and global overproduction". "The Wisconsin people are trying to find an enemy - when in reality, the problem they have is that they're overproducing".

Most dairy products sent to Canada are subject to heavy tariffs, but ultra-filtered milk from the USA wasn't subject to those tariffs because it came into use after NAFTA was approved in 1994.

"Because in Canada, some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers", he said.

"It is important that we work together to grow the middle class, and not lay blame where it does not belong", MacNaughton writers.

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