Canada minister they're looking forward to Trump trade talks


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday brushed off an attack by U.S. President Donald Trump against Canada's system of dairy protections, saying every nation defended its agricultural industries.

Trump was 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.

The president took issue with changes on milk classification that he says have put farmers in Wisconsin and NY state out of business.

Trump also signalled he wants to do more than simply tweak the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying he is looking for "very big changes" to the trilateral pact that includes Mexico, or else he will scrap it once and for all.

He says the US now enjoys a $400-million dairy surplus with Canada. Trump promised to work with Wisconsin's congressional delegation to get a solution after the governors of Wisconsin and NY urged him to take action.

MacNaughton called Canada-U.S. relations a "model" for the world, "but it is important that we work together to grow middle-class jobs and not lay blame where is does not belong".

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

In a blog posting earlier this month, Dairy Farmers of Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Bouchard said 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.

However, time is running out for other Wisconsin dairies.

"It is wrong to use Canada as a scapegoat for the situation in the United States".

Baldwin said Wednesday she hopes Trump will pressure Republican congressional leaders to take action on the bill.

"Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers, is a disgrace".

"Decision makers make statements that indicate a position that they intend to take and we're in the business of responding to positions that are actually taken", Carr said when asked about Trump's comments.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand volunteers at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York on Friday Dec. 2, 2016 in Colonie, N.Y.

"We are full now but these are great farms that we hate to pass up at this time because it is something for our future growth".

"The whole thing is ridiculous".

"My focus is on making sure that for the medium and long term, people in Toronto and across the country can afford their homes and that means working on the supply side, making sure that we're investing in more rental stock, making sure that we're investing in new construction of affordable housing so that the market can adjust itself without either popping or crashing", he said.

NY exported more to Canada in 2016 than any country in the world. An earlier version said Canada had imposed new import taxes on diafiltered milk.