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Canada minister they're looking forward to Trump trade talks

Canada minister they're looking forward to Trump trade talks

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent Trump a letter on Tuesday urging him to take action.

Canada said Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's charge that it is milking American dairy farmers through unfair trade practices is not based in fact.

For his part, Finance Minister Bill Morneau will tell this week's meeting of G20 finance ministers in Washington that Trump's executive order runs contrary to Canada's trading interests.

"In Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace".

"There's a huge imbalance of milk causing a surplus", he said. There's also "flat-line growth" in other dairy manufacturing sectors within NY, he added.

The program, which works similarly to the Class 6 pricing program set forth by Ontario, restricts the importation of ultra-filtered milk - a protein-rich ingredient used in yogurt and cheese production.

Schumer said Friday morning that he spoke with Trump about the matter Thursday, and that the two men will join with Ryan to tackle the Canadian dairy trade issue.

In his new directive, the president is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts USA workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers and driving down wages.

Estimates of how much of Canada's softwood lumber is shipped to the US are as high as 70 per cent, but the Trudeau government has placed a priority on finding new trade markets in Asia - especially China - for a variety of goods and services.

"Wisconsin and NY dairy farmers are only the first victims of Canada's illicit dairy trade restrictions", the two governors wrote.

Donald Trump has put Canada on notice that he is taking aim at its much-coveted supply management system that protects the dairy industry.

In a story April 6 about a trade dispute between the USA and Canada over milk, The Associated Press reported erroneously that some Canadian provinces had applied import taxes to US imports of ultra-filtered milk. Dismantling it would mean lower prices at the supermarket, and a more internationally competitive industry, says the paper. That's a major challenge on its own, but is exacerbated by the current milk supply situation in the Northeast. But you know what? "We believe that further communications with the Canadian government will broaden his perspective".

"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.

"Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace", he said.

That's because in recent years there been an increasing demand for high-fat products, such as butter, so more milk is needed to produce it.

Earlier this week, Trump called out Canada's dairy supply management system, saying it hurts Wisconsin farmers.

"When there's trade discussions we're always concerned and watching what's happening", Smith said.

When existing trade deals were negotiated, Stephenson said, ultra-filtered milk did not exist. Because it's considered a milk ingredient, it's not subject to the same tariffs as milk.

"What Canada has done with this new Class 7 is to encourage making (ultra-filtered milk) domestically and pricing it in a way that there's no reason for Canadian processors to buy it from the U.S.", Stephenson said.

According to the ambassador, American producers export five times more to Canada than they export to the south. Estimates from the Dairy Business Association say Grassland commanded about two thirds, or $100 million, of that business, while two other companies in NY represented the rest.

Tuesday evening, Canada's ambassador to the US sent his own letter to Walker, calling for the governor "not to lay blame where it does not belong". China made up less than 3 percent of USA steel imports.

"NAFTA, whether it's Mexico or Canada, is a disaster for our country". While he doesn't see the policy being reversed, he's hopeful the US government will use it as a bargaining chip when renegotiating NAFTA.

Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose has struck a supportive role in her own visits to the USA, as has Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, a premier otherwise known as the prime minister's chief provincial critic. That $15 billion gap was down 14 percent from 2014, the trade office said.

Despite Trump's promises to find a "solution" to the dispute, Stephenson said dairy farmers aren't holding their breath. So we're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly.

It had previously been duty-free, but the Canadian government levied the tax after dairy farmers north of the border complained about US imports.


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