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Trudeau defends Canada's dairy system against Trump protectionist charge

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Canada's dairy industry Thursday, insisting that any conversation Canada has on the file with the United States must be based on "facts".

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

Trudeau's comments were, in the words of his interviewer, his first chance to react to the "constructive dialogue" started by Trump Tuesday, when he used a speech in Wisconsin to attack the unfairness of recent pricing changes for dairy ingredients in Canada that make American imports less competitive.

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"Every country protects for good reason its agricultural industries". "At the same time, the USA has a $400-million dairy surplus with Canada". We have a supply management system that works very well here in Canada.

Despite the tough talk from Trump, Trudeau said he saw an opportunity to engage with the U.S. President.

Trump was echoing and amplifying the complaints of Wisconsin and NY governors, who say Canada's decision to create a new lower-priced, classification of milk product has frozen US producers out of the Canadian market. -Canada trade relations. Trump, who was elected with the help of strong rural support, has pledged to renegotiate Nafta to help US industry. The two nations are embroiled in a long-standing dispute over exports of Canadian softwood lumber, which USA producers complain are unfairly subsidized. Trudeau and Trump are also at odds over softwood lumber. "We're going to lay out the facts and we're going to have substantive conversations about how to improve the situation".

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