NewsAlert: Trump attacks Canada's supply management for dairy as unfair to US

Barsaba Taglieri
Aprile 19, 2017

"Dozens of Wisconsin farm families still have less than two weeks to find a home for their milk before they will be forced to go out of the dairy business, losing not only their job but their livelihood".

He says he will seek "fair trade" with all of America's trading partners "and that includes Canada".

The measure will aim to make it more hard for businesses to hire lower-wage foreign workers, particularly through changes to the H-1B program favored by technology companies, The New York Times reported.

About 70 dairy producers in both Wisconsin and NY are affected.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say Canada's policy makes it more expensive for Canadian companies to buy milk from US dairy farms - adding that it's hurting business.

"In a blatant violation of worldwide trade agreements it is party to, Canada unilaterally shut down a thriving market for USA ultra-filtered milk", the letter states.

In a joint letter, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urged the administration to tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt the new pricing policy and restore imports of the blocked U.S. products, specifically ultra-filtered milk.

Trump last week promised "pleasant surprises" from planned renegotiations of NAFTA, an agreement he's called the worst deal in USA history. NAFTA has been very, very bad for our country.

Trump vowed trade reform with Mexico and Canada, promising to make big changes to NAFTA or get rid of it altogether.

Last month, a free-market think tank suggested using more open trade in the dairy sector as a bargaining chip in upcoming trade negotiations with the exchange for more stable trade in softwood lumber.

Both are shielded from open trade in the existing North American Free Trade Agreement, employ more than 200,000 people in Canada, and claim a similar economic value of $14-15 billion to Canada's GDP. Dismantling it would mean lower prices at the supermarket, and a more internationally competitive industry, says the paper.

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