Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Thursday August 30, 2018
U.S. is intent on ending supply management for Canadian dairy: Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is obvious the Trump administration is intent on dismantling Canada’s supply management system.
But he says Canada won’t buckle on the issue at the NAFTA talks.
The vexing question of greater U.S. access to the Canada’s protected dairy sector is now pivotal as the NAFTA negotiations in Washington draw closer to President Donald Trump’s Friday deadline for a three-country deal.
A concession on dairy — which is explosive politically in Canada — is one of the few cards the Trudeau government has left to play at the bargaining table after the U.S. and Mexico reached their own side deal on Monday.
Experts say Trump has not specifically set his sights on dismantling supply management, and is more angry with a new classification of milk products that Canada introduced two years ago that he says has undercut U.S. exports and hurt his country’s farmers.
Trump says he’s optimistic a deal can be worked out with Canada by the end of week. (Source: Financial Post)