June 15, 2018 10:40 am

U.S. not forcing Canada to nix supply management system, Trump’s agriculture secretary says

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s not pushing for Canada to do away with its supply management system that controls the price and supply of dairy, eggs and chicken.

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Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay is hosting Perdue today at his family’s farm in Midgell, P.E.I.

President Donald Trump has said he wants the system dismantled, blasting Ottawa for charging a 270 per cent tariff on imported dairy products.

Perdue told a news conference that the two countries benefit from open markets across the border, but “we’re not here though to dictate to Canada … to do away with its supply management system.”

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He says he would like to see the system regulated in a way that does not depress world prices.

Perdue also says NAFTA has demonstrated to be good for farmers across North America, but needs some renewing and modernization.

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