U.S. President Donald Trump recently criticized Canadian trade policies for being unfair. He called Canada a ‘disgrace’ for how the country is treating U.S. dairy farmers.
Trump slammed Canada for the second time this week, pushing his “America first” message.
Leaders in the Canadian dairy industry are defending the supply-management system.
“It allows us to focus on Canadian consumers and Canadian production,” said Holstein Canada president Orville Schmidt.
He added Canadian farmers produce enough to meet demand.
“We are not sending milk to the U.S. because that’s not our market,” Schmidt said. “If [Trump] wants to bring milk to Canada, it’s only because he wants to find a place to sell his surplus. So maybe he needs to control his surplus and not try to find a place to sell it.”