28 April, 2017
The relations between the two biggest neighbors in North America deteriorated after the Trump administration in the United States made a decision to impose countervailing duties ranging from 3-24 percent on five Canadian lumber exporters to the United States.
Trump's White House acknowledged the two leaders discussed Canadian lumber and the dairy trade in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.
However, Trudeau's office was less positive in its assessment of the conversation with Trump, during which the PM "refuted the baseless allegations by the US Department of Commerce and the decision to impose unfair duties", Efe news reported.
"I look forward to working with the administration to pressure and persuade the Canadians to reverse this unwise policy, which is a violation of our agreements", Mr. Schumer said in a statement.
His government on Monday announced surprise new tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber, and he complained Tuesday about what he said was a Canadian block on American farmers near the border exporting their products north.
Con: The National Association of Home Builders says the average price of a single-family home would rise $1,236 because USA lumber producers charge more for their products.
The Trump administration last month submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating NAFTA, disappointing those who were expecting Trump to demand a major overhaul.
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Ross dismissed the idea that United States home prices would go up exclusively as a result of lumber tariffs, saying that the total cost of a home depends much more on the land than the product used to build the home.
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Those tariffs are high, but not as high as the astronomical ones Canada imposes on dairy imports to protect its domestic market from the us glut.
The late-night television personality lampooned Canada's polite response to Trump's claims that Canada's lumber and dairy policies have been "rough" on the US or a "disgrace" that is hurting USA dairy farmers.
Though the lumber dispute dates back decades, Trudeau's attempts to court Trump couldn't prevent it from flaring up again - a possible warning for other trading powers such as Germany as Chancellor Angela Merkel reaches out to Ivanka Trump as a conduit to her father.
"We are America's biggest market", Freeland said.
The U.S. trade deficit in goods with Canada was just $11 billion previous year - a fraction of America's $347 billion trade gap in goods with China. They also discussed lumber coming into the United States. "In the meantime we continue to negotiate".