(Ed Fast via iPolitics)
With negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) underway, it’s an appropriate time for Canadians to ask: What should happen to supply management?
Supply management is the system in Canada under which products such as dairy (including cheese), chicken, turkey and eggs are produced and sold. The system severely restricts the importation of such products from abroad and regulates their production to ensure that it matches demand within the Canadian marketplace. This ensures that producers receive a reasonable return and that consumers have access to a steady supply of safe and healthy food.
Supply management has regulated the production and sale of these products for over 40 years, and there is little, if any, evidence that the system has made dairy, egg and poultry unaffordable for the average Canadian. Admittedly, supply management focuses on regulating domestic production; it’s not necessarily synonymous with free trade. Click here to read more.