Dairy farmers have concerns regarding the impact of trade negotiations on their livelihood and the stability of our farms and communities.
Every country in the world has policies that ensure strong domestic agricultural production. While Canada has a supply management system for dairy products, many other countries in the world choose to subsidize (directly or indirectly) domestic production (something that Canada does not do).
On October 18, 2013, the Government of Canada signed a tentative free trade agreement with the European Union (EU) that would put Canadian dairy farmers at risk. This agreement would allow the EU to ship an additional 16,000 tonnes of fine cheese and an additional 1,700 tonnes of industrial cheese into Canada. This amounts to the government giving away 32% of the Canadian fine cheese market to Europe.
This deal would put Canadian dairy farmers at an unfair disadvantage by making them compete with an industry in the EU that receives direct subsidies from government. It would take millions of dollars away from our communities by reducing the amounts we produce, cutting jobs in small towns and cities and hurting innovation.
Our government must stand firm for Canadian values like fairness, our ability to choose “made in Canada” food, and a stable income for our farmers without the expensive taxpayer-funded subsidies of Europe or the USA. We need our leaders to secure a fair trading environment that lets Canadian farmers succeed at what they do best: delivering safe, nutritious food to Canadian families.
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