Milk Fight

shutterstock_175414571-1000x480The Donald seems obsessed with Canadian Dairy tariffs. As well he might be as they can go as high as 290%.

Over the next week or so, Canada and the US are going to have to climb down from their rather silly positions on everything from aluminium to felt pens.

A good place to start is with Canadian dairy. Why not announce a zero tariff on hormone/antibiotic free milk? It is a tiny percentage of American dairy production but a huge percentage of Canadian dairy is both hormone and antibiotic free.

Trump seems to be attracted by shiny objects and a “win” on dairy is very shiny indeed.

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One thought on “Milk Fight

  1. Fred from BC says:

    This is not the first international trade agreement to be stalled or stymied by this repressive and unfair marketing system. 36 million Canadians pay hundreds of dollar more per year for milk, cheese, butter and eggs so that a few thousand well-connected farmers in Quebec and Ontario can sell their products without competition. Australia and New Zealand dumped their own “supply management” systems and saw huge increases in international sales (15-20 percent if I’m not mistaken) while Canada saw ours *fall* from 0.9 to 0.4 percent or so.

    The dairy lobby (or ‘cartel’, as some call it) is clever enough to spend a lot of money not on election campaigns but on *leadership* campaigns instead, ensuring that the right people get elected to head their parties and pose no threat to Big Dairy. So disappointed in Andrew Scheer for capitulating to these people. The other two federal party leaders are also on board, so Donald Trump could inadvertently be doing us a big favor here.

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