overproduction is the root of the U.S.
dairy industry’s struggles.
“As made clear in the report, Canada
is not a contributor to the overproduction
problem,” MacNaughton said. He argued
that Canada’s dairy industry is less
protectionist than America’s.
Like most things related to Canada’s
milk policy, the dispute is complicated.
At the beginning of April, Wisconsin’s
Grassland Dairy Products informed
75 local farms that it would no longer
purchase their milk. Grassland said it
made the decision because it had just
lost tens of millions of dollars worth of
Canadian business as a result of the
policy change in Canada.
The Canadian dairy industry, tightly
regulated under a system of “supply
management,” has long been protected
from foreign competition by tariffs on
imports. But ultra-filtered milk from the
U.S. had been allowed to enter Canada
tariff-free, and Canadian processors
often preferred to import rather than pay
higher prices to buy from Canadians.
A year ago, though, Ontario changed
the rules: it allowed local processors to
buy ultra-filtered milk and other kinds of
skim milk from Canadian farms at world
demands, really, immediately, fair trade,
with all of our trading partners. And that
includes Canada,” he said.
“Because in Canada, some very
unfair things have happened to our dairy
farmers and others.”
He did not specifically identify
what he was talking about in his
unscripted musings, which came
during a Wisconsin speech in which
he touted “Buy American” policies that
are opposed by Canada. It appeared,
though, he was weighing in on an
arcane but escalating bilateral dispute
over ultra-filtered milk, a high-protein
concentrate sometimes used to make
cheese and yogurt.
The Canadian dairy lobby and
government say Canadian policies are
not responsible for the crisis that has
beset about 75 family farms in Wisconsin
since a local milk-processing company
canceled its contracts April 1. But
Trump joined the U.S. dairy lobby and
a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers in
attributing the problem to a Canadian
reduction in prices that has made
American imports less competitive.
His remarks were the latest in a
series of signals that suggest Canada
will not glide easily through the possible
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renegotiation of the North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA). After declaring
in February that the trade relationship is
“very outstanding,” his administration has
floated a series of complaints.
Not until last month had he called out
“What’s happened to you is very, very
unfair,” he told the farmers. “It’s another
typical one-sided deal against the United
States, and it’s not going to be happening
for long. So... we’re going to get together
and we’re going to call Canada, and
we’re going to say ‘what happened?’
And they might give us an answer, but
we’re going to get the solution, not just
He did not say what he believes
the solution is.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s
government did not respond to Trump
last month. Instead, Ambassador David
MacNaughton said it is important not to
“lay blame where it does not belong.”
MacNaughton said Canada “does
not accept” the contention that dairy
policies in Canada are causing financial
hardship in the U.S.
“The facts do not bear this out,”
he wrote, citing a U.S. government
report that says global and U.S.
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