Trump targets Canadian trade again, focused on energy, lumber, dairy

David MacNaughton Canada's Ambassador to the United States

"I will stand up for Canada's interests, I will stand up for Canadians", Trudeau said Friday during a news conference alongside the visiting Italian prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni.

This is another reason why Canada should phase out its protectionist dairy system that guarantees farmers excessive prices and protects them with tariffs on imports as high as 300 per cent.

US unease has been brewing for years over the dairy restrictions, and the issue complicated negotiations of a Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, an unratified 12-nation trade deal that Mr. Trump pulled the USA out of in January.

"Canada Wood China is vying for a piece of China's $44-billion hotel industry by promoting low-density, wood-frame hotels to the Chinese hotel industry", the organization's website added.

Not coincidentally, that was the song Mulroney sang with president Ronald Reagan in 1985 that created a friendship that led to the Canada-U.S. free-trade deal in the first place. Canada was the third-largest destination for US dairy exports, behind Southeast Asia and Mexico past year.

In his view, there is a significant market opportunity for softwood lumber in China, the second-largest importer of the Canadian wood behind the USA, which accounts for 78 percent of Canadian exports compared to China's 13 percent share, according to Canadian government figures.

The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to decide by Tuesday whether to impose duties on Canadian softwood, which American producers say is overly subsidized and unfairly floods their market.

While the new classification does not impose a new tax or additional tariffs on US dairy exports to Canada, the pricing structure does make the cost of USA ultra-filtered milk more expensive for Canadian processors, encouraging Canadian processors to buy it domestically. -Canada trade in dairy products, but expanded those public complaints today to include lumber, timber and energy. And we have a supply management system that works very well here in Canada.

U.S. President Donald Trump has delivered his most sweeping broadside at Canada, blasting the northern neighbour for trade practices he says must be corrected in three areas: energy, lumber, and dairy.

Trump continued by contending, "The fact is, NAFTA - whether it's Mexico or Canada - is a disaster for our country".

"It's not Canada that's the challenge here", Trudeau said Thursday, saying the USA has a large dairy trade surplus with Canada.

The G7 follows the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders' summit in Brussels, which Trump and Trudeau are expected to attend.

"Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace, it's a disgrace". Schumer's spokesman said Trump made the call.

Trudeau offered that reply to the US president's latest anti-Canada trade tirade, one in which Trump savaged Canada for creating a new lower-priced classification of milk product that he argues is hurting USA producers. Canada imposed an import tax on filtered milk, which had previously been duty free, after the country's dairy farmers complained about US imports.

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