Poll: Should Canada Join the TPP if the Cost is Supply Management?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that talk of changes to (elimination of?) supply management in Canada has recently heated up. Of particular note, delegates, politicians and the like are gathering in Hawaii right now to further hammer out details regarding a giant, international trade deal — the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

thumbsupthumbsdownLOGOInterested parties (read: the U.S.) are demanding that Canada’s admission to the TPP is simple — it requires access to Canuck dairy, poultry and egg markets. Debates around the TPP have further deepened entrenched battle lines within Canadian agriculture markets — pitting the export dependent vs. the domestic market once again.

Which brings us to this week’s Thumbs up, Thumbs down question. (It’s a new weekly feature here at RealAgriculture. Suggestions for future topics are welcome!)

If (and we’re not saying it is) the ticket price to get in on the TPP ride is supply management, should Canada pay up?

Have your say, and leave your reasons in the comments, if you’d like.

 

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Mervyn Erb

Just because they can’t manage their production of perishable goods and want to shove their continual over supply up our arse???? And we’re supposed to think that’s a good thing for trade??? US over supply of milk is at an all time high. After years of bailouts and buy outs of cows, they are still over producing. Because they are so stupid I have to take their over supply???? Let’s import their excess teachers and doctors and dentists and lawyers and plumbers and electricians and auto mechanics. Let’s see how that works too..!!!!

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Emily Walsh

If we get rid of supply management what is the likelihood we will end up like France? Agriculture is important. Cheap imports is nice on the pocket book but what happens when the countries do not have excess and our farmers are out of business? Did getting rid of supply management help any country in terms of retail prices and farmer pay? Could you open up a small market for highly tariffed products and get the benefit of the TPP still? What would happen if we said screw it, and supply managed everything? Because from what I got, these countries want us to open our borders but have tariffs on our products.

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