OTTAWA, April 20 — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today brushed off an attack by U.S. President Donald Trump on Canada's system of dairy protections, saying every nation defended its agricultural industries.
Trudeau told Bloomberg Television that the United States in fact ran a dairy surplus with Canada. Trump took aim at Canada's dairy industry this week and said today “what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace.”
Canada's dairy sector is protected by high tariffs on imported products and controls on domestic production as a means of supporting prices that farmers receive.
Trudeau said the system, known as supply management, “works very well” in Canada.