Les Producteurs de lait du Québec is concerned about the future of the 5,300 family farms and the 83,000 jobs generated by milk production, as the NAFTA negotiations heat up. “The constant threat of new market concessions – which looms over our farms and our families, our financial and human investments – needs to stop. The dairy sector has been used quite enough as a bargaining chip in trade agreements. It’s time for this to end!” protested Bruno Letendre, the Chair of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, at the Annual General Meeting.
Canada must remain very firm on the objective that it set for itself at the very beginning of the negotiations: preserve the exception for supply management in the agreement. “To date, Canada has firmly rejected the U.S. demand to end our agriculture policy. Its own agricultural policy, the trillion dollar Farm Bill, which directly or indirectly subsidizes its farmers, is not on the negotiating table. There is no reason for ours to be on it!” reiterated Mr. Letendre.
Press Realease: “NAFTA: End the concessions in supply management“.