Trump aide apologises for 'inappropriate' comments on Trudeau

A reader wonders why dairy products are so expensive in Canada.					Calgary Herald

"And in fact the picture with Angela Merkel, who I get along with very well, where I'm sitting there like this. we're waiting for the document because I wanted to see the final document as changed".

Canadian officials have stressed the two countries' extensive trading relationship and pointed out that Canada is the top export destination for 35 US states and that 9 million jobs in the United States depend on trade with its northern neighbour.

"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. When the Bush administration negotiated a free trade agreement with Australia in 2004, sugar was the only USA industry to obtain a complete exemption from the pact's tariff reductions.

"There's over a trillion dollars invested in dairy quota in Canada". That includes milk, cream, butter, cheese and ice cream, among other products.

Still, Canadian trade policies have had only a "tiny impact" on America's struggling dairy farmers, says Daniel Sumner, an agricultural economist at the University of California, Davis. Many countries have policies and trade barriers created to protect specific agricultural sectors. Trump might have given opponents of supply management a chance to restate their argument, but he's not really on their side.

Mathieu Frigon, chief executive of the Dairy Processors Association of Canada, whose members include Saputo Inc. and Parmalat Canada Inc., said he was surprised by the United States complaints.

Navarro then went on Fox News and harshly criticized Trudeau in one of the fiercest attacks aimed at a foreign head of state by a relatively obscure administration official. American dairy farmers also benefit from government subsidies.

The backstabbing charge seems over the top, but the White House's contention is that Trudeau ought to have capped the G-7 summit by talking about Trump and the U.S.

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Trade experts say that focusing on specific tariffs is not the best strategy.

The United States maintains a largely free and fair trading relationship with Canada.

When it came time for Mr. Trudeau's own G7 news conference, the question was always going to be about whether he'd back off retaliatory tariffs.

Economists say that reducing other barriers to trade, such as regulatory red tape and customs delays, would do much more to ease friction and help boost trade between countries.

"No one wants to look like they're conceding anything to Trump", said Martha Hall Findlay, a former Liberal MP and leadership candidate who is now president of the Calgary-based Canada West Foundation and a longtime advocate of ending supply management.

But he will have to give up something big in return.

Trudeau also said he would stand up for Canadians.

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