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Canada's Trudeau defends dairy system after Trump criticism

Canada's Trudeau defends dairy system after Trump criticism

Canada is not the problem for USA dairy producers and will stick with its system of protectionist dairy quotas, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. It was Trudeau's first comment since Trump first attacked the Canadian dairy industry on Tuesday at an event in Wisconsin.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Trudeau said there has been a dearth of data on what has been driving soaring real estate prices in markets such as Vancouver and Toronto, where concerns about a possible bubble have mounted.

Trudeau said the system, known as supply management, "works very well" in Canada. He stood by his own system, by saying every country subsidizes agriculture.

"Different countries have different approaches, and we're going to engage in a thoughtful, fact-based conversation on how to move forward in a way that both protects our consumers and our agricultural producers", he said.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the media during a visit to the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S., April 6, 2017. He said it was caused by US and global overproduction of milk. "So it's not Canada that is the challenge here". Trump took aim at Canada's dairy industry this week and said on Thursday "what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace". Now I understand how certain governors are speaking to certain constituencies on that. "And our farmers in Wisconsin and New York State are being put out of business". Trudeau and Trump are also at odds over softwood lumber. "It's a disgrace", Trump said.

Trump on Thursday 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.

NAFTA talks won't begin until after a mandatory 90-day consultation period with the U.S. Congress. Trump's nominee for the cabinet position of trade representative has not yet been confirmed.


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