(Jul. 9/12) Two developments in the past few weeks have helped put supply management under the microscope, drawing media attention to CRFA’s issues with Canada’s controversial dairy and poultry system.
The first development is Canada’s invitation to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP), with admission pending approval by other member countries. Despite Prime Minister Harper’s denial, it appears the government has put our supply management system on the negotiating table as a price for the invitation.
Former MP attacks supply management
The second development is a report by Martha Hall Findlay – a former Liberal MP with continued leadership aspirations – recommending the dismantling of supply management. Ms. Findlay repeats many of CRFA’s arguments and references our “Free Your Milk” campaign.
CRFA is using these opportunities to urge government to proactively manage the transition from supply management in our national interest, rather than being forced to adopt policies imposed by other countries. CRFA is also reaching out to Ms. Findlay to support the recommendations in her report.