The dairy farmers in the crosshairs of Trump

News 17 July, 2017
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    Donald Trump made the test of a baseball bat in front of his vice-president Mike Pence behind him, at the White House, during the inauguration on Monday of the week Made in America. “For a long time, it has allowed the others to take advantage of us “, he said.

    Boris Proulx

    Monday, 17 July 2017 22:11

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    OTTAWA | The United States will try to put an end to the canadian system of supply management in the dairy at the time to renegotiate NAFTA, suggests their game plan, published on Monday.

    The quota systems in agriculture are part of the “measures of unjustified” Canada and Mexico that prevent u.s. products across the border, according to the office of the president Trump.

    This is what is shown in the report delivered to congress on Monday, which is 30 days before the start of negotiations renegotiations of the free trade Agreement north american (NAFTA), scheduled for August 16.


    The request “very vague” administration Trump to open the canadian market to agricultural products from south of the border is “unjustified” according to the milk Producers of Quebec.

    “In fact, the american system is far more protectionist than ours. It is their policy to grant’s aggressive agriculture that prevents us to export, not the management of the offer “, emphasizes their spokesman, François Dumontier.

    He noted that even if the management of the offer had been excluded from the NAFTA upon its entry into force in 1994, the Americans have steadily increased their dairy exports to Canada.

    For its part, the conservative Party would like the prime minister to “stand up” in the face of the administration Trump.

    “We want Justin Trudeau to throw his leadership to protect the system of supply management “, requires the member of parliament Alain Rayes.

    For its part, the New democratic party (NDP) is worried about the consequences of these negotiations for the industries of dairy and steel, and prompted the Trudeau government to clarify its intentions.

    In a press release, the minister of foreign Affairs, asked by chrystia Freeland, says he is “delighted” to be able to modernize the NAFTA and invites the public to participate in the online consultation leading up to the negotiations with the United States.


    Donald Trump has campaigned promising to put America first and to renegotiate the free trade agreements. For example, it has called the NAFTA of the “worst” arrangements of the election campaign.

    Also, it hoped that a new agreement will increase U.s. exports to its neighbours, and thus eliminate its trade deficit.

    “These are requests are very vague. It’s going to take months to negotiate everything, ” the business lawyer Bernard Colas, the cabinet CMKZ.

    In addition to agriculture, he would like to see measures to facilitate electronic commerce and to open the telecommunications market.

    “For too long we have allowed other countries to take advantage of us “, he launched ushering in the week, Made in America, Monday.