This story is a part of Watching Washington, an everyday dispatch from CBC Information correspondents reporting on U.S. politics and developments that have an effect on Canadians.
Here is one thing you do not typically see in Washington: American teams defending Canadian dairy and urging the U.S. authorities to depart it alone.
A coalition of 18 labour and farming teams is asking the Biden administration to drop a commerce motion over dairy launched within the ultimate days of the Trump administration.
They despatched a letter to 2 folks nominated to senior positions within the new administration upfront of their Senate affirmation hearings: agriculture secretary nominee Tom Vilsack, who had his listening to Tuesday, and to the nominee for U.S. commerce consultant, Katherine Tai.
That letter, signed by smaller agriculture teams just like the Nationwide Household Farm Coalition and the Wisconsin Farmers Union, urges the administration to cease combating Canada’s provide administration system.
We have beforehand reported how some U.S. farmers, battered by wild value fluctuations, dream of seeing their very own nation undertake a system of value and provide controls as Canada has carried out.
“The U.S. authorities has been attempting to dismantle Canada’s federal and sub-federal provide administration methods for years, to not profit U.S. farmers or employees, however relatively company dairy pursuits,” mentioned the letter dated Feb. 1.
“Persevering with to pursue this criticism is clearly out of step with the brand new administration’s said commitments to reform the U.S. commerce agenda to be pro-worker relatively than a enterprise as traditional method that actively favors multinational companies.”
There is not any indication these teams will get their manner as a lot of the American trade stays adamantly against Canada’s supply-management system and needs to export extra dairy to Canada.
The principle U.S. foyer teams allege Canada is not opening its market as broadly as promised below the brand new NAFTA pact.
Simply ask Vilsack.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s decide for agriculture secretary beforehand led one among these bigger U.S. dairy-lobby teams — in truth, he even complained about how Canada was implementing the brand new North American commerce deal.
If the U.S. criticism launched late final yr proceeds, dairy may very well be the topic of the primary Canada-U.S. dispute case below the brand new NAFTA.
The difficulty did not come up at Vilsack’s Senate affirmation listening to Tuesday. It is likelier dairy will get talked about when Tai testifies earlier than the Senate Finance Committee.
One Canadian subject did, nonetheless, emerge at Vilsack’s listening to — and it is one other previous irritant involving cows that has been dormant of late.
Vilsack was requested by a Nebraska Republican if the U.S. might as soon as once more label its beef as American-grown, so that buyers will know in the event that they’re shopping for U.S. merchandise.
Vilsack replied that he’d wish to discover a manner however is not positive it is attainable.
He famous that the final time the U.S. tried making use of these labels, it was compelled to again down. Canada known as the labels discriminatory below world commerce guidelines, launched a case, gained and the U.S. dropped the labelling requirement.