Article Date 13/06/2018

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Canadian dairy farmers to Trump: You're trying to drive us out of business

Source Canadian Grocer

After enduring months of withering fire from Donald Trump’s bombastic Twitter feed, Canada’s dairy industry waded into the fray on Monday by accusing the U.S. president of wanting to put Canadian farmers out of business.


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.

Trump’s most recent salvo came in a series of tweets from Singapore late Sunday, where he again blasted Canada for charging a 270% tariff on U.S. dairy imports, and levelled more personal attacks at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Dairy Farmers of Canada president Pierre Lampron, which represents Canada’s roughly 12,000 dairy producers, fired back Monday by blasting Trump’s “personal attacks on our prime minister” and defending its supply-managed system.

“Canadian dairy farmers and their families are concerned by the sustained attacks by President Trump with an aim to wiping out dairy farmers here at home,” Lampron added.

The comments came as MPs from various parties declared their unwavering support for farmers and the oft-maligned supply management system, which was first established in the 1970s.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was grilled by the NDP during question period after Trudeau indicated on NBC’s Meet the Press last week that the government was open to relaxing the system as part of a new NAFTA deal.


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