OTTAWA — When it comes to defending Canada’s supply management system from the trade demands of the Trump White House, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay is leaving the barn door open a crack.
The U.S. administration has made it clear it wants Canada’s system for controlling the price and supplies of dairy, eggs and chicken abolished — something MacAulay insists will not happen.
But when asked today whether there’s any room to negotiate on supply management, MacAulay was less unequivocal.
He says that with any trade deal, all parties need to know exactly what’s on the table, quickly adding that it’s not his role to negotiate NAFTA in public.
When pressed about what realistic changes Canada would consider, MacAulay would only repeat his insistence that the government would defend supply management.
He also played down the ongoing trade tensions between Canada and the U.S., saying there will always be “little problems” between countries.
The Canadian Press