Negotiations to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement resumed Wednesday amid increasing concerns of a breakdown, with President Trump continuing to threaten to withdraw from the pact and the administration planning to push several contentious proposals across the table over the next few days.
Trump, speaking alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Treudeau, opened the door to separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico. Scuttle NAFTA
Asked if he would consider separate deals with Canada and Mexico, Trump said he would. Split Deals
Conaway pointed out that Canadian consumers spend about 160 percent more for their milk at the grocery store than American consumers do. He argues that Canada’s dairy management system is to blame.
Canada’s quota-based supply management system, which regulates the production of eggs, dairy and poultry in the country, has been in American crosshairs for months. The sectors were exempted under the original 1993 NAFTA agreement.
American officials and industry leaders have repeatedly insisted U.S. dairy and poultry producers must be given more access to Canada’s supply managed marketplace.
Canada has said it will defend its supply management system in the NAFTA talks.