The MP who introduced Bill C-216 in the House of Commons says supply managed sectors have not been fully protected in recent trade deals despite commitments from the Conservative and Liberal governments to do so.  | Getty Images

Supply management bill receives cold reception

Bloc Quebecois MP introduces a private member’s bill that would make concessions in future trade negotiations illegal

A private member’s bill that would make it illegal to include supply management concessions in future trade deals has received second reading in Parliament and attracted attention outside the House. The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance released a letter to the prime minister and opposition leaders asking them not to support the bill, even though all […] Read more

During the Nov. 28 press conference where the payout was publicized, Bibeau offered further details on compensation announced last year for dairy farmers. | Screencap via Twitter/@mclaudebibeau

Feds deliver on supply management compensation

Canadian producers working in supply-managed sectors received details of federal government plans to compensate them for market access offered in recently signed trade deals. The announcement comes on the heels of producers calling on federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to follow through on commitments to support supply-managed producers impacted by trade deals. The egg, chicken […] Read more

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Bibeau commits to supply management compensation by March

Federal Minister of Agriculture Marie Claude Bibeau reaffirmed a pledge to compensate supply-managed industries for trade deals during a Nov. 26 committee appearance. The federal government offered its first installment of a $1.75 billion payout to dairy producers to cover market losses from negotiations of two trade deals last year. Bibeau said the federal government […] Read more


Dairy Farmers of Canada said it was pleased to see the benefits of supply management recognized in the Supply Management 2.0 report, even though it disagrees with the tone of the analysis. | Screencap via dal.ca

Dairy farmers speak out after critical report

Canadian dairy producers think a recent think-tank report misses the benefits and exaggerates the challenges that their industry faces. However, Dairy Farmers of Canada said it was pleased to see the benefits of supply management recognized in the Supply Management 2.0 report, even though it disagrees with the tone of the analysis. “The authors observe […] Read more

Three trade deals later and Canadian farmers are looking to the federal government for promised compensation.  |  Mike Raine photo

Dairy farmers want compensation action

Canada’s dairy farmers are calling on the federal government to make good on its promise to compensate producers after giving up market share of the supply-managed industry to more foreign competitors. The Liberal government has told Dairy Farmers of Canada compensation is coming as a result of three major trade deals: the Comprehensive Economic and […] Read more


Don’t take farming and food for granted says U of C report

Canadians and Canada’s governments shouldn’t take farming and food for granted. That’s the bottom line of a June 9 report from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. “Food security in Canada is not something to be taken for granted and government policy action must reflect the essential service agriculture provides for our nation,” […] Read more

As slaughter plants in Canada and the United States reduce line speeds, shifts or effect temporary closures to deal with COVID-19 concerns, analysts say supplies are likely to be affected. | File photo

Will the wild changes in the grocery, food and farming systems survive the pandemic?

What will create lasting changes and what is transitory?

The food, farming and grocery sectors have been shocked by the coronavirus crisis. Packing plants have been temporarily shuttered, creating crises on hog farms and cattle feedlots that can’t move animals they have no space for. Food products that everybody has taken for granted for decades, such as flour and yeast, have become suddenly scarce, […] Read more

Rick Peterson, president of Peterson Capital in Edmonton, who also ran in the last leadership contest, issued a statement Feb. 28 saying there is “nothing Conservative about supply management.”
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Supply management enters campaign

The final slate of hopefuls hasn’t been determined but one contender for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership has already announced he would dismantle supply management. Rick Peterson, president of Peterson Capital in Edmonton, who also ran in the last leadership contest, issued a statement Feb. 28 saying there is “nothing Conservative about supply management.” […] Read more


The commitment was made during a speech at the Dairy Farmers of Canada annual policy conference held in Ottawa Feb. 4-6.
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Feds new dairy compensation vow

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau again committed to offering compensation to dairy farmers as a result of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The commitment was made during a speech at the Dairy Farmers of Canada annual policy conference held in Ottawa Feb. 4-6. Telling the audience that supply management is a “social contract” that needs protecting, […] Read more

Unveiling the compensation package today in Compton, Que., agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country's nearly 11,000 dairy farmers. | File photo

Feds to compensate dairy sector

The federal government has announced it will make $1.75 billion available to Canada’s dairy farmers, compensating producers for losses in domestic market access due to new trade agreements. Unveiling the compensation package today in Compton, Que., agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country’s nearly 11,000 […] Read more