Premier Talks U.S. Trade Amid Concerns

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:20 PM

Premier Stephen McNeil met Wednesday with David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the U.S.

There's been a lot of reaction to American criticism of the Canadian dairy industry which is tightly controlled.

MacNaughton says there will be bumps along the way in the trading relationship between Canada and the U.S.

"But, when there is over $2-billion worth of trade going both ways every single day and nine million jobs in the United States that depend on trade with Canada, I think it's going to work out just fine."

Canada recently imposed an import tax, affecting dozens of U.S. milk dairy producers.

MacNaughton has sent letters on the dairy controversy to governors of New York and Wisconsin, which are milk-producing states, to clear up any misconceptions they might have about dairy.

He points out the U.S. has its own subsidies and restrictions when it comes to the dairy industry.