OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will continue to defend the supply management system that protects the Canadian dairy industry in talks on revamping NAFTA.
A U.S. House subcommittee raised the long-standing trade irritant at its hearing on North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations today, suggesting Canadian measures to protect the industry will be a sticking point.
Congressman Ron Kind, a Democrat from Wisconsin, says he does not want to jeopardize a crucial trading relationship with Canada.
However, Kind says the system should be "fair and balanced" and he does not believe that is currently the case.
The Trump administration released a summary of its objectives for the new NAFTA on Monday, which include seeking better access for its agricultural exports.
Trudeau says Canada has signed significant trade deals with Europe, North America and elsewhere while still protecting the supply management system and will continue to do so.