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

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A Canadian government minister said Thursday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration is looking forward to trade negotiations with Donald Trump despite the US president's recent ramp up of criticism of Canadian policy.

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"Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers, is a disgrace". "Included in there is lumber, timber and energy".

"We're going to get together and we're going to call Canada, and we're going to say, 'What happened?' And they might give us an answer, but we're going to get the solution and not just the answer, because we know what the solution is".

U.S dairy farmers already struggling with low milk prices worry President Donald Trump's talk of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement could harm trade to Mexico, its biggest export market.

Cuomo and Walker wrote that roughly 70 NY dairy farmers and millions of dollars in sales have been impacted by new Canadian regulations that target imports of ultra-filtered milk, which is used to make cheese and yogurt.

One of farmer Jay Lavery's dairy goats in his barn Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017 in Sharon Springs, NY.

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The work would start immediately, he added. That's almost double the value exported to Canada, the country's second biggest export market, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

"We know that dairy producers in the U.S are going through tough times; however, incorrectly laying the blame on an unrelated Canadian domestic policy will not improve their situation". And we have a supply management system that works very well here in Canada.

The hurling of accusations saw the US dairy lobby accused Canada of "systemic disregard" of its trade obligations, while the Canadian industry accused its American rival of "scapegoating". He said it was caused by US and global overproduction of milk.

MacNaughton backed the organization's position that Canada has done nothing to block USA imports, and that the predicament is the result of an "over-saturated" market that has led to lower prices.

"It is part of the government of Canada's strategy to make arguments and make friends", he said.

Trudeau told Bloomberg Television that the United States in fact ran a dairy surplus with Canada.

Relations with the U.S. are crucial for Canada, since more than 75 percent of its exports go to the U.S. Eighteen percent of U.S. exports go to Canada.

"Canada would enter any negotiations with the objective to make it better for both countries", Carr said. "We have such a long and fruitful history of trade with the United States".

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