This Canadian Says Supply Management Must Go

April 9, 2015 09:05 AM
This Canadian Says Supply Management Must Go

Canadian political columnist John Ivison says his country’s supply management program for dairy, eggs and poultry must go if Canada is to become a viable player in trans-Pacific Trade.

Ivison is a political columnist for the National Post, a highly respected newspaper based in Ottawa, Canada’s capital.

Negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) are now ramping up toward a finale, and Ivison says it’s time for Canada to step up. But he also acknowledges the thorny political issues Canada’s politicians face if they support the TPP at the expense of supply management, particularly dairy.

Support for the supply management programs are all part of the political fabric of Canada’s major political parties. At the same time, the Liberal, Conservative and New Democratic parties are all on record supporting the TPP trade agreement.

However, Ivison notes that only 13 political districts—five in Ontario, eight in Quebec--have more than 300 dairy farmers per district. A recent analysis shows the Conservative Party has large voter pluralities, most with more than 10,000 votes, in eight of those districts.

Read Ivison’s column here.


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Jeff Sinclair
Montpellier, VT
4/9/2015 09:55 AM

  Of course many Canadians are willing to do away with the supply management scheme. Nothing new here. But dairy farmers will ask for compensation. Many of them paid good money to get the quota. And there are precedents for quota buyouts in Canada and the US. Much like US tobacco farmers, Canadian dairy farmers will want compensation and that would impose a large cost on the Canadian Government and tax payers. This is were it really hurts. The number of dairy farmers in each county is not really what matters... it's how much it would cost the Canadian Government in compensation money that is the real logjam.


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