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Trump dairy talk prompts fresh debate amongst Canada’s Conservatives

Maxime Bernier is milking Donald Trump’s promise for dairy fairness into a new discussion on supply management


 
Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier speaks with The Canadian Press during an interview in Ottawa, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Bernier has welcomed U.S. Donald Trump's swipe at the Canadian dairy industry, saying that it's not just American farmers who are losing out.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier has welcomed U.S. Donald Trump’s swipe at the Canadian dairy industry, saying that it’s not just American farmers who are losing out.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier has welcomed U.S. Donald Trump’s swipe at the Canadian dairy industry, saying that it’s not just American farmers who are losing out.

Bernier says Canadians suffer more under supply management than Americans and if elected leader he promises to abolish the system.

On Tuesday, Trump targeted Canada explicitly in taking the next steps in his “Buy American, Hire American” policy, suggesting Wisconsin farmers are suffering because of the Canadian system.

Supply management has long vexed conservatives because it stands in sharp contrast to their belief in free markets, but most refuse to suggest dismantling the system as there is support for it in key constituencies.

Among them is Quebec, but that’s not stopped Bernier from lashing out against the farms in his home province who are part of the system, making him the lone leadership contender to do so.

Bernier calls supply management a cartel, a phrase his competitor Erin O’Toole says turns farming families into nothing more than political props.

O’Toole says Bernier’s policy demonstrates a lack of understand of agriculture and that the current system has nothing to do with any market specific issues in the United States.


 

Trump dairy talk prompts fresh debate amongst Canada’s Conservatives

  1. I have a question I’m hoping someone can answer.

    How many times has flour been recalled before Wheat Pool was dismantled? Anyone?

    I do not remember a time when flour was ever recalled. The first time was recently. Am I wrong?

    Good thing no one died. If anyone got sick? What the heck, we have an aging population and free health care. All in the name of lining the pockets of the worshipping 1% eh?

  2. Get rid of all our marketing boards, not just milk.

    • Food security.

      Can’t buy organic canola grown in Canada (thanks Goodale), made in the U.S.A. only.

      You watch when G.M wheat starts going through the system and then gets turned away from non GM countries. You won’t see the seed companies on the hook. Look how much the ‘flax’ incident cost Canadian taxpayers.

  3. Good on Bernier for taking this position.
    Colby Cosh has a good read on this today:
    h$$p://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/colby-cosh-canadas-dairy-cartel-the-unkillable-sacred-cow-made-of-other-literal-cows