Canadian dairy farmers say hands off their protections as Trump demands concessions


Canada's prime minister earned Trump's ire by giving a press conference, after the United States president left La Malbaie, in which he spoke critically of U.S. trade policy and said Canada would "move forward with retaliatory measures" in response to Trump's move to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel.

Alberta's economic development minister says Canada has to stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump's trade threats.

But he's taking the high road when it comes to the USA president's ongoing trash talk against Canada.

A former U.S. ambassador to Canada blasted U.S. President Donald Trump's critical tweets directed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his stance on trade between the North American neighbours, saying the Twitter volleys hurt Canada-U.S. relations. The the end of May imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports against Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

But the DFC's stance that it is unwilling to support more concessions may not be reaching politicians.

He said there's still hope that stalled negotiations for a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement can be revived, provided Canada stays calm and measured in response to Trump's rants. Trudeau was scheduled to meet with DFC on Monday.

For dairy products, which has been the focus of Trump's anger, those tariffs range from almost 300 per cent for excess imports of butter and cream to 270 per cent for certain dairy powders to 240 per cent for cheese, whole milk and yogurt. Since the 1970s, Canada has controlled supplies of dairy, poultry and eggs to match domestic consumption, and prices are set by a government corporation and provincial boards. Trump said Monday that Kudlow was admitted to hospital after suffering a heart attack. "It would be very hard to sustain a Canadian industry without relatively free access to the USA market".

"It's not an economically feasible prospect to import vehicles to the US market in a 25 percent tariff situation", she said.

Processors and farmers would be less likely to modernize operations, Wiens said. Between 2000 and 2014, there have been about five million manufacturing jobs lost across the country as trade deficits continue soaring. "Politicians can get into disagreements and they can have heated disputes but you have to think about where does this go, how bad could it get and the disputes are over a really, really small share of GDP".

The United States has its own protected sectors, such as sugar. The president could have said that.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement said, which came despite Washington appearing intent on taking more punitive steps on trade.

Well, hooray! Tariffs and other trade barriers are taxes on consumers and protections for the profits of uncompetitive corporations.