Response to Maxime Bernier’s comments on Supply Management

April 10th, 2018

I’m falling into the trap! Yes, I am drawing attention to Maxime Bernier’s comments on supply management, in advance of the publication of his book entitled Doing Politics Differently: My Vision for Canada

The failed former leadership candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada appears to be trying to rebuild his political relevance through attacks against supply management. What better way to do this than by targeting the many farming families working every day so we can enjoy quality products, saying they are “taking advantage” of the system? I’m sure you will agree with me, it is provocative.

However, I suppose that when trying to make us forget about your support for President Trump, your inability to keep a handle on secret government files, and of course old acquaintances, you have to go “all-in.”

Mr. Bernier demonstrates once again his lack of judgement and his inability to comprehend well known and public facts and research. Like the fact that many subsidies are directly paid to the United States dairy sector, which is not the case here. American consumers therefore pay twice for their products: once at the store, and again through their taxes.

Now that multiple Canadian industries are in the American administration’s crosshairs, Mr. Bernier’s seemingly calculated and public showing of his political self-promotion looks, at best, inappropriate. In other times, it could have been described as seditious.

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