New Brunswick dairy farmers say Donald Trump's comments not a concern
Apr 21 2017 by Johnny Bowman
"The facts do not bear this out", MacNaughton's letter states before arguing overproduction in both the USA and world are causing poor results, something Canada is not doing.
"Time and again, Canada has demonstrated its disregard of its dairy commitments to the United States - hampering America's exports to Canada - while pursuing ways to use its government-controlled system to unfairly dump greater Canadian exports in global markets", BNN reported.
Canada doesn't export any ultra-filtered milk to the USA and simply wants to find a domestic market for a product that is in too great a supply relative to consumer demand, he said. Canada does not accept the contention that Canada's dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States.
After Tuesday's remarks by the US president, Bernier wrote Trump an open letter saying he "stole one of my best lines" about the unfairness of Canada's system, which Bernier characterized as a "cartel" and a "production racket".
Trump's comments regarding Canada came shortly after he launched an investigation on whether foreign steel arriving in the USA threatens national security.
"I think what we've got to really reinforce with the Americans is that our prosperity is intricately tied together", said MacNaughton.
Trump spoke out against Canada on Tuesday in a way he's not done before, saying Canada has been "very, very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that".
However, last spring Canadian milk producers came to a new agreement to price milk proteins, used for the same things as diafiltered milk, at a lower price.
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And that also includes what's happening along our northern border states with Canada, having to do with lumber and timber.
"(Trump) has shown that if he says one thing and then hears good counter-arguments, or good reasons why he should shift his position, he will take a different position ... "It's a disgrace", he said.
"Canada does not accept the contention that Canada's dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States", MacNaughton wrote in a letter to the governors of Wisconsin and NY that was released Tuesday night, after Trump's criticism.
"(Trump is) a little bit unlike many politicians", the prime minister said, acknowledging the magnitude of his understatement amid laughter from the crowd.
But according to Mr. MacNaughton, the current trade rules favor the United States industry.
In an effort to soothe those concerns, the Canadian government repeatedly portrays NAFTA negotiations as no big deal, just another adjustment to an agreement adjusted several times already.
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. "It's a disgrace", Trump said in the Oval Office, without elaborating on what he meant.
MacNaughton writes that the Canada dairy industry is less protectionist than that of the U.S, which he says has employed technical barriers to keep Canadian dairy out of the US market.