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Canadian PM responds to Trump's criticism of dairy industry

He also suggested bringing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other lawmakers into the discussion.

"We can't let Canada or anybody else take advantage and do what they did to our workers and to our farmers", Trump said in the Oval Office.

Canada brought in almost one billion dollars in American dairy products past year, while the USA imported just a hair above $112 million of Canadian products.

Alberta's dairy farmers are defending Canada's supply management system in the face of criticism from USA president Donald Trump. The president's comments have led many observers to speculate that dairy - and Canada's system of supply management - could be a target as the USA considers a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "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".

Canada changed its policy on pricing domestic milk to cover more dairy ingredients, leading to lower prices for Canadian products including ultra-filtered milk that compete with US milk. Canada carries a near $16 billion surplus when it comes to the exchange of goods from the forestry & logging, wood product manufacturing and paper manufacturing industries, according to data obtained from Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau. Such a cycle hasn't happened in Canada for decades because dairy farmers follow a supply management system that dictates how much dairy is produced to meet domestic demands.

Canadians apparently won't have to wait long to find out exactly how Trump plans to change the two nation's trading relationship, as the U.S. President pledged to make negotiations a priority.

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.



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