Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Canada parliament condemns Trump's attacks on Trudeau and tariffs

Canada parliament condemns Trump's attacks on Trudeau and tariffs

Yet even as it did so, some in this country were calling for major reforms to the very system of protections for Canada's dairy, egg and chicken farmers that first ignited - and has continued to sustain - Trump's anger: supply management.

Navarro's comments were part of the White House's continued criticism of Trudeau.


"I think that Justin probably didn't know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions", Mr. Trump said Tuesday.

At an event hosted by the Journal, Navarro said he had made a mistake, according to the newspaper. "We just shook hands!"'

Kudlow suggested that Trump might have been deploying extra bravado to demonstrate strength before his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland during news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 31, 2018. He learned. You can't do that.

The Canadian prime minister has been under attack from various members of the Trump administration since his remarks at the G7.

However, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative has said the United States ran an $8.4 billion trade surplus with Canada in 2017.

The NAFTA talks have stalled since Trump last month imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum.

"It's very unfair to our farmers, and it's very unfair to the people of our country", he said.

The World Trade Organization says Canadian dairy tariffs average almost 249 percent, compared with the United States' 17 percent. But the whole situation is far more complicated.

The six-plus-one tone of the gathering in Quebec means the leaders from Canada, Britain, the US, France, Germany Italy and Japan are unlikely to issue a joint statement as they remain sharply divided on trade and the environment to reach consensus.

Tensions between the United States and key allies reached new heights over the weekend as President Donald Trump attacked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for retaliating against a new set of tariffs.

But experts on agricultural trade between Canada and the USA are pretty sure the American dairy sector-evidently Trump's prime concern-isn't actually eager to see Canada trash supply management and create a truly free-trading environment for milk, yoghurt, butter and cheese. "I was embarrassed that an American president acted that way, particularly when Canada and other nations were responding to the actions that Mr. Trump had taken".

Those involved with the supply chain will have to decide how to manage the costs of the new tariffs in the Canadian market: how much of the financial hit do they absorb, and how much do they pass onto customers in the form of higher prices?

The United States ships five times more dairy to Canada than vice-versa, Frigon said.

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