Saskatchewan’s dairy industry is hoping a new trade deal can be signed with the U.S. without selling out supply-management.
The talks resume Wednesday in Washington with Canadian dairy tariffs under attack from U.S. President Donald Trump.
SaskMilk policy manager Joy Smith sees the importance of a trade deal with the U.S. but not at the expense of selling out Canada’s dairy industry.
She expects the Canadian negotiators to retain supply management.
Smith says it’s a bit baffling why the the Canadian dairy industry is such a target because Canada allows 10 percent access to its dairy market tariff free, while the U.S. only allows 3 percent access without tariffs.
Smith also says the dairy industry is only a very small portion of the multi-billion dollar trade between the U.S. and Canada.