Since the G7 summit, people from across the political spectrum on both sides of the border, from Doug Ford to Jagmeet Singh and from John McCain to Bernier Sanders, have also denounced the U.S. president's attitude on Canada.
Canada and the U.S. enjoy a balanced trade relationship. The United States Trade Representative estimated the trade of goods and services between the two countries at US$673.9 billion in 2017. On that amount, the United States had US$8.4 billion trade surplus.
Canada bought US$341.2 billion from the United States in 2017, making it America's biggest customer. According to Bruce Heyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada, 99% of trade between Canada and the United States is tariff free.
Dairy appears to be the U.S. president's biggest issue when it comes to trade with Canada. American dairy exports to Canada are tariff-free until a quota is met, and according to the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. enjoyed a dairy trade surplus of nearly US$518 million over Canada in 2017.
Ambassador Heyman has said that dairy accounts for less than 0.5% of total trade between the two countries.
"Donald Trump's willingness to start a trade war over what amounts to spilled milk can only lead to job losses on both sides of the border," concluded François Laporte. "We condemn his recklessness in the strongest possible terms."
Teamsters represent close to 125,000 workers in Canada in all industries, including over 10,000 in the rail sector. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
Director of Public Affairs, Teamsters Canada