Canadian PM responds to Trump's criticism of dairy industry

Alberta's dairy farmers are defending Canada's supply management system in the face of criticism from US president Donald Trump.

Ben Loewith, a third-generation dairy farmer, says that America's real problem is that they're making too much milk and have no where to put it.

Justin Trudeau said Friday during a news conference alongside visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Parliament Hill that he will stand up for Canada's interests and people.

In an interview on BNN, MAAW Law trade lawyer Mark Warner said Canadians shouldn't be surprised the issue landed in Trump's crosshairs, given it was triggered by actions on this side of the border. "Farmers in Wisconsin and NY state are being put out of business". On its website, Alberta Milk says retail prices for dairy products in New Zealand - the most open and competitive dairy market in the world - are comparable to Canada's, while deregulation of dairy in the United Kingdom and Australia actually caused retail prices to go up. "We're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly". Schumer's spokesman said Trump made the call.

"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.

This is the second time this week he's gone after Canada's dairy-trade policies.

Trump also said this week he would make "some very big changes" to the NAFTA treaty with Canada and Mexico or "we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all".

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland noted in a statement in response to Trump that any increase of trade barriers between the two countries would significantly affect jobs in the USA and Canada. 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.

  • Archie Newman