Like today, timber, lumber and dairy were commodities of interest in trade negotiations in the nineteenth century.
President Trump called Canada’s system of supply management for dairy products a "disgrace."
In reality, Canadian consumers have long put their financial welfare before their loyalty to Canadian-bred cows.
When Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Honolulu recently and announced Canada wants in on talks to create a proposed pan-Pacific free trade zone, other countries brought up our anti-free trade supply management boards. Specifically, they are opposed to Canadas participation because of our protectionist approach on eggs, chicken, turkey, and dairy products.