Bruce Muirhead is a professor in the department of History and associate vice president, external research, at the University of Waterloo, having graduated many years ago with a PhD in History from York University in Toronto. He has written extensively on Canadian trade negotiations since the Second World War, as well as Canadian politics, diplomacy and economic development. His most recent work has focused on Canadian agricultural policy in general, and dairy supply management more specifically, through a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
A few tired articles have been published by the usual suspects to encourage the government to get rid of supply management, which matches domestic demand with domestic supply in the five sectors it covers -- eggs, dairy, chicken, turkey and hatching eggs.
Supply management, a sensible regulated system where domestic supply is governed by domestic demand, is under attack from critics who are uninformed about its usefulness and effectiveness for producers, processors and consumers. In short, they suggest it must be sacrificed on the altar of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations if Canada wants to be inside that grouping which, they all assume, would benefit the country.
03/02/2015 02:57 EST
Under the NZ system, milk prices are much higher than they are in Canada. They pay more than C$6 for the equivalent of 4 litres of milk. At my local supermarket, I pay C$3.99 and have for months. In the recent past a commission was struck by the NZ parliament to investigate the high price of dairy products. Do we want that in Canada? I don't think so.
11/27/2014 01:14 EST
Is the People's Republic willing and able to absorb the millions of tonnes of dairy that we could ship and, perhaps more importantly, would the average Canadian beneift? I would say not on both counts, and if the Conference Board believes that that will happen, I have a bridge to sell in Florida.
03/19/2014 04:23 EDT
Barrie McKenna is at it again, declaiming on the benefits of getting rid of supply management in dairy. His rationale? Because
01/27/2014 04:56 EST
Barrie McKenna is at it again -- waging his personal war against supply management in the Globe and Mail. This time, he takes
09/04/2013 04:31 EDT
With reoccurring and recycled negative commentary about dairy supply management in the Canadian media, one would think that it, and not money, is the root of all evil. The question often raised in Canada, and around the world, is this: does dairy supply management, represent a reasonable model through which to license Canadian milk production?
08/01/2013 05:21 EDT
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