Canadian PM responds to Trump's criticism of dairy industry

That new policy means many dairy farmers will have to find other places to sell their milk and fast.

"Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers, it's a disgrace", Trump said. 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.

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After nearly giving Canada a reason to be complacent about the sting of new trade policies since his election, President Donald Trump seems to have the Canadian farming, lumber and energy sectors in his cross hairs as he takes aim once again at NAFTA. What his anger fails to reflect, however, is that the United States has a significant and widening dairy trade surplus with Canada, reaching almost $450 million in 2016 from just $85 million a decade earlier, according to Statistics Canada.

He also criticized recent pricing changes for dairy ingredients in Canada for making USA imports less competitive and costing Americans revenue and jobs. "It is critical to level the playing field for our hard-working dairy farmers and make sure our Canadian neighbors rescind their unfair policy and again play by the rules". The efficiencies of the supply chain between Canada, United States and North America make us great competitors with the rest of the world. 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).

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The U.S. president criticized Canadian policies related to a few industries including lumber, timber and energy, adding that officials will have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very quickly. "This is another NAFTA disaster, and we're not going to let it continue onward".

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