1 October 2015

Is this the end of supply management?

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Big developments are happening at the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations! Could this be the end of supply management?

It doesn’t have to be, says UPA President Marcel Groleau in this statement:

“A ministerial meeting of the TPP negotiations will take place on September 30 and October 1 in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Last Friday, the CBC reported a rumor that Canada is preparing to make a major concession to access dairy products (from 5% to 10%) in the context of this negotiation.

“On Saturday morning, Quebec dairy producers were contacted to react to this news. Several interviews were granted. A GO5 conference call was convened and a statement was issued Saturday afternoon.

“By late afternoon, the Minister of Trade, Ed Fast, issued a statement reaffirming that Canada continued to defend supply management in discussions of PTP and categorically denied the rumor concession. He did, however, reiterate the official line that ‘Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made it clear he only sign an agreement that is in the best interests of Canada.’

“I will be in Atlanta this week, in the company of a Quebec delegation and Quebec Minister of Agriculture Pierre Paradis. Further actions and protests are organized in regions across Quebec to defend supply management.”