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U.S. groups tell Biden to drop the dairy duel with Canada

This story is part of Watching Washington, a regular dispatch from CBC News correspondents reporting on U.S. politics and developments that affect Canadians.

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Here’s something you don’t often see in Washington: American groups defending Canadian dairy and urging the U.S. government to leave it alone.

A coalition of 18 labour and farming groups is asking the Biden administration to drop a trade action over dairy launched in the final days of the Trump administration.

They sent a letter to two people nominated to senior positions in the new administration in advance of their Senate confirmation hearings: agriculture secretary nominee Tom Vilsack, who had his hearing Tuesday, and to the nominee for U.S. trade representative, Katherine Tai.

That letter, signed by smaller agriculture groups like the National Family Farm Coalition and the Wisconsin Farmers Union, urges the administration to stop fighting Canada’s supply management system.

We’ve previously reported how some U.S. farmers, battered by wild price fluctuations, dream of seeing their own country adopt a system of price and supply controls as Canada has done.

“The U.S. government has been trying to dismantle Canada’s federal and sub-federal supply management systems for years, not to benefit U.S. farmers or workers, but rather corporate dairy interests,” said the letter dated Feb. 1.

“Continuing to pursue this complaint is clearly out of step with the new administration’s stated commitments to reform the U.S. trade agenda to be pro-worker rather than a business as usual approach that actively favors multinational corporations.”

What’s next

There’s no indication these groups will get their way as most of the American industry remains adamantly opposed to Canada’s supply-management system and wants to export more dairy to Canada.

The main U.S. lobby groups allege Canada isn’t opening its market as widely as promised under the new NAFTA pact. 

Just ask Vilsack.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s pick for agriculture secretary previously led one of these larger U.S. dairy-lobby groups — in fact, he even complained about how Canada was implementing the new North American trade deal. 

If the U.S. complaint launched late last year proceeds, dairy could be the subject of the first Canada-U.S. dispute case under the new NAFTA.

The issue didn’t come up at Vilsack’s Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday. It’s likelier dairy will get mentioned when Tai testifies before the Senate Finance Committee. 

One Canadian issue did, however, emerge at Vilsack’s hearing — and it’s another old irritant involving cows that has been dormant of late. 

Vilsack was asked by a Nebraska Republican if the U.S. could once again label its beef as American-grown, so that consumers will know if they’re buying U.S. products.

Vilsack replied that he’d like to find a way but isn’t sure it’s possible.

He noted that the last time the U.S. tried applying these labels, it was forced to back down. Canada called the labels discriminatory under world trade rules, launched a case, won and the U.S. dropped the labelling requirement.

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Joonas Korpisalo, Blue Jackets shut out Maple Leafs in Game 1 goalie duel

The Maple Leafs have known since late May the Columbus Blue Jackets were on the docket to begin the NHL’s restart.

Toronto watched video, discussed tactics and practised different ways to break down an opponent with a grinding, soul-sucking defensive structure.

Seeing it up close was an entirely different matter.

Joonas Korpisalo made 28 saves in his first post-season appearance, Cam Atkinson scored in the third period, and the Blue Jackets downed the Leafs 2-0 on Sunday to take an early lead in their best-of-five qualifying round series.

Sure, Toronto had chances, but not nearly enough. The Leafs weren’t able to get to the inside against a tough blue-line corps led by Seth Jones and Zack Werenski that mostly neutralized Auston Matthews’ line with the help of Pierre-Luc Dubois up front.

“I don’t think anything really surprised us,” said Matthews, who was third in the league with 47 goals in 2019-20. “They play a pretty straightforward game, and you know what to expect every night. They’re gonna compete, they’re gonna play physical.”

Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots for Toronto, but was fooled on Atkinson’s innocent effort from the top of the right circle 65 seconds into the third.

WATCH | Korpisalo, Atkinson lift Blue Jackets past Leafs:

Joonas Korpisalo made 28 saves and Cam Atkinson scored in the third period to propel the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 1:14

“His initial release looked to be a little bit higher,” said the Leafs netminder, who was beaten under his blocker. “I reacted up and obviously made a mistake.

“That cost us a goal and eventually the game, unfortunately.”

The Leafs were designated as the “home” team inside the friendly confines of a cavernous, empty Scotiabank Arena as the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed in the NHL’s 24-team restart to a campaign halted by the COVID-19 pandemic 4 1/2 months ago.

Alex Wennberg scored into an empty net with 18.2 seconds left for ninth-seeded Columbus, which will now look to grab a stranglehold with a victory in Tuesday’s Game 2.

‘Fun to play’

“I felt pretty confident from the get-go,” said the 26-year-old Korpisalo. “The boys played really good in front of me, battling for me to see the puck.

“That was awesome. That was fun to play.”

After the Blue Jackets nudged ahead early in the third, the Leafs tried to get their high-octane offence going, but were unable to get many second and third opportunities, and were held without a shot over the final 6:12 of regulation.

Andersen kept the Toronto in it with a toe save on Alexandre Texier with under three minutes to go, but his teammates couldn’t find a way through to Korpisalo before Wennberg sealed it.

“They did what they do best, and what we were prepared for,” said Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe, who played for Columbus bench boss John Tortorella with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the early 2000s. “We knew it was going to be difficult.

“Now we’re out on the ice and you feel it.”

Goaltender duel

Following a scoreless opening 20 minutes that featured a couple of clear-cut chances, the goalies stole the show in the second.

Korpisalo, who got the nod ahead of first-year sensation Elvis Merzlikins, denied Matthews at the side of the net on an early power play, while Andersen stopped Eric Robinson on a break and Texier from the slot.

WATCH | Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe on matchup with Columbus:

Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly and Shledon Keefe spoke after losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 in the first game of their Qualification Round. 12:59

The Columbus netminder had his bench up banging their sticks on the boards later in the period when he robbed Matthews with the glove on a one-timer.

“He played unbelievable,” Blue Jackets defenceman David Savard said. “He made some key saves, I think on Matthews there in the second was a turning point for us.

“That was huge for our game.”

Jones then fired a shot off the crossbar before Andersen robbed Oliver Bjorkstrand — both players are from Herning, Denmark — with an exceptional toe stop that the deserved a standing ovation, not the din of canned crowd noise.

“I’d expect more of these games moving forward,” Leafs blue-liner Morgan Rielly said of the defensive struggle. “And I would also expect for us to be able to handle them better.”

Robertson makes NHL debut

Rookie winger Nick Robertson suited up for Toronto after scoring 55 goals in 46 games in 2019-20 with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League, becoming the first 18-year-old to make his NHL debut in the post-season since Jarome Iginla in 1996.

Robertson had a terrific opportunity on his first shift, but Korpisalo was there with his right pad. The Leafs, who were back in their home locker room after making way for the Montreal Canadiens in Tuesday’s exhibition game, were otherwise on their heels the rest of the first half of the first period.

Andersen made a good stop on a Dubois breakaway before Matthews stole the puck and chimed a shot off Korpisalo’s crossbar. Werenski then did the same off the near post at the other end moments later.

Healing during the hiatus

Both teams were close to full health after the schedule was suspended March 12. Jones would have been a serious question mark with an ankle injury had the playoffs started as usual in April, while Toronto blue-liner Jake Muzzin (hand) and Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration) are also back. Leafs winger Andreas Johnsson (knee) continues to work his way back and could be available as the resumption of play progresses, should his team advance.

Prior to Sunday, the Leafs last played a meaningful game March 10 — a stretch of 145 days — while the Blue Jackets’ last suited up for real March 8.

Toronto and Columbus sat with identical points percentages (.579) when the novel coronavirus shuttered the season, but the Leafs secured the eighth seed with 28 regulation wins compared to the Blue Jackets’ 25.

“Two teams that were tight together in the standings, two teams that are very competitive,” Keefe said. “I thought we played a good enough game to win.

“But obviously, you can’t win when you don’t score.”

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Jays bats frustrated as Tigers win pitching duel with 10th-inning home run

Christin Stewart hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Detroit Tigers opened their season with a 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, following a tight pitching duel between Marcus Stroman and Jordan Zimmerman.

Stewart launched an 0-2 slider off Daniel Hudson over the right-field wall. Jeimer Candelario had started the rally for Detroit (1-0) with a leadoff double.

Shane Greene pitched the bottom of the 10th for the save and Victor Alcantara earned the win after a sparkling start from Jordan Zimmerman.

The Tigers right-hander, who allowed just one hit over seven innings, had a perfect game broken up with a two-out single from Teoscar Hernandez in the seventh.

Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman celebrates a strikeout against the Detroit Tigers in Thursday’s season opener. Stroman gave up just two hits in seven innings. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Hernandez, one of only two Jays (0-1) with a hit all game, laced a sharp liner up the middle on Zimmerman’s 65th pitch. Tigers second baseman Josh Harrison dove and got his glove on it before firing a desperation throw to first, but Hernandez beat the ball to the bag.

Zimmerman also struck out four and threw 70 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Stroman, who had a rough 2018 with a 4-9 record and 5.54 earned-run average, had preached from the beginning of spring training that he was poised for a big comeback.

He came out with an emphatic first start to 2019, walking four batters but not allowing a hit until the sixth inning — a two-out single from Nicholas Castellanos.

Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed just one hit over seven innings on Thursday. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

The 27-year-old gave up just two hits total over seven innings while striking out seven, including all three batters he faced in the fifth inning. He let out an emphatic roar after striking out Grayson Greiner for a third time to end his outing in the seventh.

Rookie manager Charlie Montoyo, making his managerial debut at the MLB level, said before the game that he was confident in his team’s chances with Stroman on the mound.

“Man, he was really good (in spring training). That’s one of the things I feel good about this game today is knowing that Stroman is on the mound, I feel good about it. I have a lot of confidence in him. He looks like the guy I saw two years ago.”

Montoyo relished his pre-game introduction.

Grinning ear-to-ear, the visibly enthusiastic 53-year-old sprinted onto the field and through a handshake line of players when he was announced before the game.

Toronto shortstop Freddy Galvis tags out Detroit’s Niko Goodrum on a steal attempt in Thursday’s season opener at the Rogers Centre. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

Rowdy Tellez, who was called up from the minors to serve as Toronto’s DH after veteran Kendrys Morales was traded to Oakland the night before, was 0-for-2 with a walk. Tellez received a loud ovation from the 45,048 in attendance when he was announced into the game.

Joe Biagini and closer Ken Giles combined on six consecutive strikeouts over the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, for Toronto.

Kevin Pillar, who’s become known for his defensive gems over the years, made a nice catch in centre field in the third, crashing into the wall as he caught a line drive off Jordy Mercer.

While the Blue Jays aren’t expected to contend for a playoff spot this season, Montoyo is hesitant to use the term “rebuild” in describing Toronto’s situation.

“Nobody in (the clubhouse) is thinking about rebuilding. Everybody’s ready to win games,” Montoyo said. “I heard that word last year with the Rays … and they won 90 games. And they know that. I brought that up in my first meeting with the players and we’re going to compete every day and we’re going to play to win.”

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Scheifele plays hero in Jets' win over Canucks in goalie duel

Mark Scheifele's goal with 1:32 left in the third period game the Winnipeg Jets a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night.

Scheifele scored his 22nd of the season from the left face-off dot on a give-and-go play with defenceman Dustin Byfuglien.

Winnipeg goalie Laurent Brossoit made 40 saves for his first NHL shutout in 38 career games.

The Jets (24-10-2) have 11 wins in their last 13 games (11-2-0). It was Winnipeg's eighth straight victory over the Canucks.

The Canucks (17-18-4) suffered just their second regulation loss in their last nine games (6-2-1).

Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 shots.

Brossoit, a Port Alberni, B.C., native who made his first start against the Canucks, showed his quickness in the first period, sticking out a pad to stop a Josh Leivo wrist shot, then blocked Elias Pettersson's attempt on the rebound.

Midway through the second period, with Vancouver pressing on a power play, Brossoit dragged his leg in front of Alexander Edler's shot from the point through traffic.

Markstrom wasn't as busy but still needed to be sharp. With just 51 seconds left in the first period he slid across his net to block a Scheifele shot on a Jets power play.

There were loud boos in the third period when Winnipeg defenceman Ben Chairot hit Vancouver's Tyler Motte with what looked like a high stick. No penalty was called on the play.

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