Foothills M.P and Associate Agriculture and Agri-Food Critic, John Barlow, said we can't have a trade war with our number one partner.

U.S. President Donald Trump recently threatened to match the 270 per cent tariff Canada charges on American dairy.

Barlow said, U.S. President Trump has made Canada's supply managed dairy sector one of his trade targets in addition to steel, aluminum, and the automotive sector.

"He's going to pick on anything that he sees as a trade irritant, but we have to stand with our Canadian workers and farmers and ranches who are going to be impacted by a trade war with the United States. We certainly want to see NAFTA come to fruition."

Barlow said, a significant problem for American Dairy farmers is over production, where they are pouring out millions of gallons of milk.

"If we opened up our borders to American dairy products, the Canadian market would be one per cent of what the Americans produce. It would be insignificant to the American Market. It would not alleviate their over production concerns. Those are things they need to deal with domestically."

With the possibility of a trade war looming, Barlow said, the Prime Minister needs to get the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in action, which would give Canada access to 10 lucrative markets in the Asia-Pacific.

Barlow added, there's huge opportunities for the trade of agriculture products within the country by removing inter-provincial trade barriers.

"Inter-provincial trade barriers are a $150 billion impact to Canada's economy. If we loose the United States for a prolonged trade war as our number one market, we have to look within ourselves as a substitute for that."

Read more on the dairy dispute:

 

Send your news tips, story ideas and comments to [email protected]

More Ag News

Organizer Calling This Year's Agri-Trade A Success!

The numbers are in for this years Agri-Trade Equipment Expo in Red Deer. Show Manager David Fiddler says they had 31,403 attendees at last weeks show running from Wednesday, November 7th to Friday,…

OHS Code Will Apply To Farms And Ranches Starting December 1

Coming up on Saturday, December 1st, Albertas Occupational Health and Safety Code will apply to farms and ranches. Farmers attended a workshop put on by the M.D. of Foothills Wednesday, November 14th…

Farmers Collaborate on Wheat Industry Issues At Agri-Trade

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers had farmers from both sides of the border at their lunch at Agri-Trade in Red Deer last week. The event featured a panel discussion with representatives from the…

2018 New Crop Missions Underway

Canada's new crop missions got underway this week. Customers in 17 countries will meet with representatives from Canada’s grain value chain to learn about the quality and end-use characteristics of…

Protein Industries Canada Moving Forward With Supercluster

On Tuesday, the Government of Canada announced the signing of an agreement to invest up to nearly $153 million, matched dollar for dollar by the private sector, in the Prairie-based Protein…

Last Day To Give Feedback On Proposed Seed Treatment Ban

The Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) says a proposed ban on a pair seed treatments would leave farmers with fewer options for preventing flea beetle infestations. In August 2018, the Pest…

Next Generation Wins Hereford Grand Champion Female At Farm Fair

It was the third generation of Flewelling Cattle Co. who won the Western National Mark of Excellence Hereford Grand Champion Female at Farm Fair in Edmonton last week. Nathan Flewelling from Bowden…

Cattle Producers Given More Time To Vote On Check-Off Dollars

The Alberta Beef Producer's plebiscite has been extended. Tuesday, November 13 was the original deadline to vote on whether the check-off dollars will remain refundable, or change to non-refundable.…

New Grain Cart Unveiled at Agri-Trade

Elmer's Manufacturing, based in Altona, Manitoba unveiled its new Haulmaster Grain Cart last week at the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo in Red Deer. Sales Manager Brad Friesen talked about some of the new…

Oversupply Of Hogs Creating Downturn In Prices

Pork producers in Western Canada have been seeing a recent downturn in forward hog contract prices. Tyler Fulton is the Director of Risk Management with Hams Marketing Services. "We're just under a…

OkotoksOnline.com is Okotoks' only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Login