Chris Ryan walks dairy cow Ninja on Wellington Street as dairy farmers protest on Parliament Hill, June 2, 2016 (Photo: Justin Tang/CP)
Michel Crete, from Sainte-Agnes-de-Dundee, Que., said the importing of diafiltered milk is preventing him from modernizing his farm. "We have big losses," he said. "It is affecting us and preventing us from investing in the company." Serge Lapointe, who hails from Lambton, Que., says diafiltered milk is costing him $25,000 a year. "We were told last April that (action) was imminent," he said. "Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a lot of political will on the part of the government." Farmers accused the Liberal government of not doing enough to enforce the country's supply management system, which protects eggs, dairy and poultry from foreign competition and guarantees certain farmers a price and demand for their products.
"We need our government to stand tall, control its borders and start working for us."
Dairy farmers from Quebec protest on Parliament Hill on Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Ottawa. (Photo: Justin Tang/CP)They also said they were promised financial compensation from Conservative and Liberal governments in exchange for signing Trans-Pacific and European trade agreements but that they have not received anything as of yet. Danie Gilbert, the daughter of a milk producer from Quebec's Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, said she doesn't know whether she'll take over the family farm. "A lot of money is being lost," said Gilbert, 20. "With supply management being threatened, we don't know what's going to happen. Will farms disappear?"
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