An agricultural economist at Laval University says he is troubled by the stagnation in supply management because he thinks there are obvious ways to improve the system. | File photo

Supply management accused of refusing to make changes

OTTAWA — As a university professor, Bruno Larue is used to handing out grades. Larue, an agricultural economist at Laval University, normally gives them out to students, but on occasion he also rates organizations and institutions. In the case of Canada’s supply management system, Larue gives it an A+ — for preserving its structure and […] Read more

At the Manitoba Dairy Conference, a string of supply management supporters expressed belief that their industry structure can survive the attacks it constantly faces.
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Dairy unfazed by trade attacks

Farmers convinced that supply management has public support and will survive domestic and international pressure

Dairy supply management might appear to be jeopardizing Canada’s trading relations in many parts of the globe and drawing a lot of fire, but its defenders seem more confident, defiant and optimistic than they have for years. At the Manitoba Dairy Conference, a string of supply management supporters expressed belief that their industry structure can […] Read more

Alberta dairy backs no appeasement on supply management

Alberta dairy farmers seem largely unfazed by American demands for an end to the supply management system as negotiators from Canada, the United States and Mexico continue talks over reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement. At Alberta Milk’s annual conference Nov. 22, producers learned from provincial officials that Canada is holding firm on supply […] Read more


The most recent talks included a U.S. demand that Canada dismantle its supply management system for dairy, eggs and poultry within 10 years. | File photo

Latest NAFTA talks wrap, U.S. demands Canada end supply management

The fourth round of NAFTA negotiations wrapped up earlier this week with one certainty: there will be more talks. Despite an earlier U.S.-imposed deadline of the end of this year to reach a deal, trade representative Robert Lighthizer announced the country would participate in negotiations at least until the end of next March. The fifth […] Read more

In a conference call from Europe, where he was helping launch the trade agreement with the European Union, MacAulay said supply management is an excellent system that warrants defending. | File photo

Feds remain staunch supporters of supply management

Canada will continue to defend its supply management system for dairy in the face of American demands for greater transparency and access in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said Oct. 16 the Canadian government and its negotiators remain firm in their support. In a conference call from Europe, where […] Read more


Supply management prevents overproduction and bankruptcy, milk shortages and high prices, says the author.  |  File photo

Avoiding dairy sector’s boom and bust

Re: Minister Freeland on NAFTA: “Maintaining Canada’s traditional protections under NAFTA… to preserve Canadian culture and Canada’s system of supply management.” With North American Free Trade Agreement talks starting, most people do not know enough about Canada’s supply management system in the dairy industry and how it compares to the American dairy industry, to understand […] Read more

Supply management has regulated the production and sale of certain  products for more than 40 years, and there is little, if any, evidence that the system has made dairy, egg and poultry unaffordable for the average Canadian.   |  File photo

Making the case for supply management

With negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement underway, it is appropriate for Canadians to ask: whither supply management? Supply management is the system in Canada within which products such as dairy (including cheese), chicken, turkey and eggs are produced and sold. It severely restricts the importation of such products from abroad and […] Read more

The head of Canada's dairy industry group highlighted the role of Canadian dairy producers in the domestic market as the potential for trade agreement renegotiations loom. | File photo

Canadian dairy looks to protect domestic market ahead of NAFTA talks

WINNIPEG — The head of Canada’s dairy industry group highlighted the role of Canadian dairy producers in the domestic market as the potential for trade agreement renegotiations loom. U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier in the year he was considering pulling the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement, but later shifted his position […] Read more


Canadian dairy farmers say they won’t be cowed by criticism from other countries — or other Canadians — about their supply managed system.
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Dairy producers respond to Trump’s attack on industry

Canadian dairy farmers say they won’t be cowed by criticism from other countries — or other Canadians — about their supply managed system. However, they are getting weary of being under attack. “It would be nice to not be the centre of attention,” said Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair David Wiens. The system set up […] Read more

Maxime Bernier is calling for the abolition of the supply management system after a new levy on dairy products builds enough funds to reimburse farmers for the investment they have made in quota.
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Bernier takes on supply management in Conservative leadership race

The future of Canada’s supply management system for milk, eggs and poultry has been thrust onto the national political agenda by a top candidate for the federal Conservative party leadership Maxime Bernier. Bernier is calling for the abolition of the system after a new levy on dairy products builds enough funds to reimburse farmers for […] Read more