Trump Calls For Canada To End Supply Management, Says ‘The Gig Is Up’

“No tariffs, no barriers, that’s the way it should be and no subsidies,” said Trump.

At a press conference before he left the G-7 summit, US President Donald Trump said Canada would need to get rid of the supply management system for dairy products, threatening that the US would “stop trading” with Canada if it didn’t happen.

“No tariffs, no barriers, that’s the way it should be and no subsidies. In other words, let’s say Canada, where we have tremendous tariffs. The U.S. pays tremendous tariffs on dairy, as an example, 270 per cent — we don’t want to pay anything, why should we pay anything?” said Trump.

Added Trump,“It’s very unfair to our farmers. Our farmers, whether it’s through a non-tariff trade barrier or whether it’s through very high tariffs … You can’t do that. It’s going to stop, or we’ll stop trading. You look at our farmers. For 15 years, the graph has gone just like this, down.”

Justin Trudeau has said that Canada will not make any changes to the supply management system, which could lead to a prolonged trade showdown if the US insists on keeping new steel tariffs in place as long as supply management remains in force.

Notably, the US gives huge subsidies to farmers in their country, and Trump has given no sign that he would be willing to remove those subsidies.

Trump’s full press conference at the G-7 can be seen below:

Spencer Fernando

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