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Why Is Milk So Darn Expensive? A Debate on Supply Management

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When it comes to food prices, Canadians often complain about paying too much. We're handing over more cash at the grocery store, we seem convinced, than our neighbours to the south or even our European counterparts. Are we right about that? And if so, what's to blame for the discrepancy?

Federal Liberal leadership contender Martha Hall Findlay points the finger at this country's supply management system, which she faults for adding to the financial burden of Canadian families, retailers and restaurant owners. But Dairy Farmers of Canada Executive Director Richard Doyle says contrary to the conventional wisdom, supply management actually has very little to do with the retail price of Canada's cheese and milk -- but it does benefit the Canadian economy.

What do you think? Have a look at what Hall Findlay and Doyle have to say in our online debate. Then decide whose case is more persuasive, and cast your vote...

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Canada's supply management system is harmful to the country's consumers and retailers

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