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European Union raises Canada’s ultra-filtered milk pricing strategy as a CETA concern | The Council of Canadians

This issue has also been the subject of tension with the Trump administration.

TVOntario explains, “There used to be five different classes of milk under NAFTA, but last year Ontario added a sixth class, plus a new ‘national ingredients strategy’ that lowered the cost for Ontario processors to buy Canadian milk ingredients. Soon other provinces followed suit. It dramatically cut the prices on ultra-filtered milk in Canada.”

Global News now reports, “Most dairy products sent to Canada are subject to heavy tariffs, but ultra-filtered milk from the U.S. wasn’t subject to those tariffs because it came into use after NAFTA was approved in 1994. …[U.S. President Donald] Trump has recently been contacted by the governors of both Wisconsin and New York, as well as several U.S dairy production boards, who want him to urge Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to do away with the pricing policy. The letter asked the U.S. President to push the matter to the World Trade Organization if the Canadian pricing continues.”

There are just over 11,000 dairy farms in Canada, with more than 9,200 of those farms located in Ontario and Quebec.

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European Union raises Canada’s ultra-filtered milk pricing strategy as a CETA concern | The Council of Canadians.