Archived Letter – 1489

Re: Prime Minister:
Now is the time to stand up to President Trump on Dairy (September 15, 2018)

Dear editor,
I agree with Pierre Lampton that it is time for Trudeau to stand up to Trump on matters concerning the dairy industry. Dairy is an important industry in Canada and should not be used as a bargaining chip. The NAFTA trade agreement that Trump proposes should not only concern the dairy farmers but also Canadian consumers.
Canadian milk is regulated very strictly, no artificial growth hormones are allowed. This is not the case in the United States. If we start to remove our quality Canadian dairy products off our grocery shelves and replace them with milk products from the US who knows what kind hormones we as consumers will be drinking. Is this really what Canadian consumers want?
If Trump does away with supply management, where does that leave our dairy farmers? This system provides price stability to all the Canadian dairy farmers across the country. It also benefits consumers by avoiding the taxpayer subsidy programs that the US dairy industry requires. Many American farmers think that Canada’s way of doing things is better. Overproduction plagues the US market which is why Trump wants to dump his surplus milk on our Canadian markets.

Trudeau needs to stand up to Trump. If this NAFTA deal goes through the Canadian dairy industry will be a mess. Trudeau it is time you take a stand against Trump for all of Canada.

Amy Kottelenberg

Amy Kottelenberg