A Saskatchewan farm leader says Canadian negotiators face a tough job hammering out a new trade agreement with the U.S. and Mexico.
Norm Hall of Wynyard is the vice president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.
He says the agreement already signed between the U.S. and Mexico puts more pressure on Canadian officials.
Hall describes U.S. President Donald Trump as a bully.
Hall says the U.S. is threatening Canada with sanctions on the auto industry or give up the dairy tariffs.
He wants the Canadian negotiators to hold strong during the talks because Canada needs fair trade.
Meantime, Saskatchewan Dairy producers are hoping their industry is not on the chopping block during Canada-U.S. trade talks this week in Washington.
U.S. president Donald Trump has pointed to Canadian dairy tariffs as unacceptable and is threatening tariffs on Canadian auto exports.
The policy manager for SaskMilk, Joy Smith, wants to see a successful trade deal but does not want to see the Canadian dairy industry sold out.
She says dairy is a very small part of Canada-U.S. trade.
Smith says Canada allows 10 percent access to its dairy market tariff free, while the U.S. only allows 3 percent access without tariffs.
She says the U.S. is more protectionist in dairy than Canada and negotiators are aware of it.
She says the U.S. has a trade surplus in dairy with Canada.
Smith says Canada has offered concessions on the dairy industry in the Trans Pacific trade deal, but the U.S. walked away from the agreement.