Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, sent a letter to two US governors on Tuesday night, a few hours after President Trump’s speech in Wisconsin.
In his letter to the governors of Wisconsin and New York, MacNaughton argues that Canada is not responsible for the dairy industry’s southward borders, based on a report by the US Department of Agriculture (United States Department of Agriculture).
The document “clearly shows that the poor performance of the US dairy sector is due to overproduction in the United States and around the world,” he argues.
“As the report unequivocally indicates, Canada does not contribute to this overproduction,” the ambassador insists.
Governors Scott Walker (WI) and Andrew Cuomo (NY) recently complained of Canadian dairy policies to the White House, which has promised to act.
n his speech on Tuesday, Donald Trump described Canadian business practices based on supply management as “very, very unfair”, adding that “the situation will not last long.”
But according to Mr. MacNaughton, the current trade rules favor the US industry.
“In fact, the Canadian dairy industry is less protectionist than the American dairy industry,” he argues in his letter.
According to the ambassador, American producers export five times more to Canada than they export to the south.
In any event, the US President’s statement has caused concern among opposition parties in Ottawa.
“Trump’s words confirm our fears of his presidency. We have had concerns over the NAFTA renegotiation for a long time, “said Agriculture NDP spokesperson Ruth Ellen Brosseau.
“If Donald Trump adds a Buy American clause in the NAFTA renegotiation, it would be necessary to allow the creation of a Quebec equivalent,” said the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Martine Ouellet.