Trudeau defends supply management, wants 'fact' based trade talk with US

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Charles Schumer said today he will back President Donald Trump in his effort to back American dairy farmers in a developing trade war with Canada.

"Canada does not accept the contention that Canada's dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States", MacNaughton said.

"We're going to call Canada and we're going to say 'What happened?'" Trump said during an appearance at a Snap-On Inc. tool plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday. And we have a supply management system that works very well here in Canada....

Prior to Ontario's motion, Grassland Dairy Products in Wisconsin sent more than one million pounds of ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used in cheese, across the border daily and duty-free.

Trump said today that the United States will report in the next two weeks what it intends to do with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which he has promised to renegotiate.

More than 70 dairy producers in both Wisconsin and NY are affected.

MacNaughton says both he and the government will continue to speak out for Canadian interests and expects the same will be done by politicians in the U.S. 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.

He attached a February 2017 dairy outlook from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to his letter that he said indicates the "poor results" in the American dairy sector "are due to U.S. and global overproduction".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is anxious about Trump's protectionist talk and has sent his ministers to the U.S.to talk about the importance of Canada's trade relationship with the U.S. "Our relationship with the US administration is extremely strong and I think it's going to pay dividends in the long run".

According to the Belgium-based World Steel Association, American-made steel once accounted for roughly 20 percent of global production, but had slipped to less than 5 percent by 2015.

Canada Wood, an industry trade group, said earlier this month it would "take the first steps to extend its reach to Wuhan, which is the economic engine of central China", by establishing a joint Sino-Canadian Modern Wood Construction Technology Center in the little-known Chinese city of more than 10 million.

A 1960s trade law gives the president authority to restrict imports if they are determined to be harmful to USA security interests. So we're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly.

Trump today included the lumber, timber and energy sectors in a list of what he said were problematic areas of trade with Canada, but did not give details. He said Thursday that steel is critical to the U.S. "We're going to get the solution".