There seems to be some confusion regarding the intentions of the Conservative government at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, particularly in regards to supply management. The entire dairy industry, the federal NDP, federal Liberals, and anyone that would never send a Christmas card to Stephen Harper feel that supply management is bound to be busted up.
Yet at the Ag Leaders Debate in Ottawa this week, Federal Ag Minister Gerry Ritz emphatically maintained that he and the Conservative government “have the back of dairy producers.” (SEE THE VIDEO BELOW)
So why won’t the dairy industry take him for his word? Is the lack of trust just about left versus right wing politics?
What if Gerry Ritz and Ed Fast do have the dairy industry’s back?
What if TPP achieves the ultimate ability for dairy producers to maintain a strong domestic price structure while gaining them access to certain international markets?
What if Gerry Ritz comes out of the TPP negotiations looking like the best friend the dairy industry ever had?
His words will lead you to believe a friendship does exist. And it’s only a matter of time until we will know for sure.