I confess to knowing practically nothing about supply
management. I know that people that support it say it’s necessary to keep
Canadian farmers competitive and alive, and those that oppose it say it forces
Canadians to massively overpay for milk, cheese and other products compared to
people in other countries.
It is simply untenable that Canadian families pay upwards of $300 more a year than they need to, for milk alone, let alone higher prices for other products like cheese, yogourt and ice cream, to subsidize a tiny number of relatively well-off farmers. Worse, it’s regressive, which means that the ones who suffer most are the low-income families – the very ones who most need affordable access to nutrition. Many others, including processors and restaurants, have been calling to an end to supply management for years.
SPEAKING OF DEBATE: Mike Moffat on the policy implications, Rob Silver on the vote implications, Steve V. on the farmers and Dan Arnold on the debate.