Press releases

2017
2017-04-19

On April 18, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton,sent a letter to governors Andrew Cuomo and Scott Walker, governors of the States of New York and Wisconsin, regarding the recent statements of president Trump accusing the Canadian dairy sector of damaging US producers.

2017-04-12

Quebec City, April 12, 2017 – Ferme Denis Desfossés on Sainte-Brigitte-des-Saults, Ferme Jolichutes of Lévis and Ferme Simal of Princeville are the big winners of the 2016 edition of Lait’xcellent, a competition that rewards milk producers who stand out in the province for the excellent quality of their milk. The names of the recipients were revealed by Les Producteurs de lait du Québec at its Annual General Meeting.

2017-04-12

Quebec City, April 12, 2017 – At its Annual General Meeting, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec asked the federal government to exclude the dairy industry and supply management from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just like the government at the time did in the agreement that was signed in 1994.

2017-04-12

“Last year was hard in many ways for milk producers. However, despite certain worrying issues that we face, it was also a year of incredible growth! Production entitlement rose 8% in 2016, and has increased 15% overall since December 2014; this has never happened in living memory! We are currently producing nine million litres of milk every day: That is basically a record and very good news for us as entrepreneurs! Who said that supply management was preventing growth?” rejoiced Bruno Letendre, Chair of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, when presenting his review of the year during the organization’s Annual General Meeting.

2017-03-03

Réplique des Producteurs de lait du Québec au texte « La face cachée de la production laitière » de Sylvain Charlebois, publié par La Presse + le 1er mars 2017 et par La Voix de l’Est le 3 mars.

2016
2016-12-23

With Christmas approaching, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec has donated 39,157 litres of milk to the less fortunate, which brings the total volume of milk donated to poor families in 2016 to 741,684 litres.

2016-11-17

 

Quebec City, November 17, 2016 – In his address to the milk producers attending the Special Annual Meeting in Quebec City, Bruno Letendre, Chair of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, sent a clear message to the federal government to improve its compensation program for the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. “The amounts announced last week are definitely insufficient. Just considering the losses caused by the CETA, between 750 million and one billion dollars would be necessary to compensate producers at the same level as announced by the previous government,” stated Mr. Letendre.

 

2016-11-17

Dairy sector growth is steady despite low prices for producers

 

Quebec City, November 17, 2016 – Even with market growth and a much higher production volume, Quebec milk producers continue to face a difficult situation in terms of the price they receive for milk, despite a slight improvement compared to last year. In addition, the sector’s growth is still compromised by the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), which will soon come into force, as well as lax import management. This was revealed in the 2015-2016 annual dairy market review provided today at the Special Annual Meeting of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec in Quebec City.

 

2016-11-15

Longueuil, le 15 novembre 2016 / CNW – Les Producteurs de lait du Québec vous avisent qu’ils tiendront leur assemblée générale spéciale le jeudi 17 novembre 2016. Compte tenu des enjeux importants auxquels les producteurs de lait font face, il s’agit d’un temps fort pour  discuter des grands sujets de l’heure, brosser un bilan et réfléchir aux orientations qui guideront leurs actions.

2016-11-11

Agenda for the annual general meeting of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec which will take place on November 17, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Quebec city.

2016-11-10

Rebuttal by Les Producteurs de lait du Québec to the text entitled « Compenser l’arrogance » (Compensating for arrogance) by Sylvain Charlebois, published by La Presse + on November 6, 2016.

2016-10-31

Longueuil, October 30, 2016 – Now that Canada and the European Union (EU) have officially committed to the ratification process of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Trudeau government must not delay in announcing the promised compensation program to the dairy sector.

2016-09-07

Correction by Les Producteurs de lait du Québec to the text entitled “Le lait renversé d’Alain Bourbeau” (Alain Bourbeau’s Spilt Milk) by Vincent Geloso, which was published on the Journal de Montréal’s Web site on September 7, 2016.

 

2016-09-02

Rebuttal by the Les Producteurs de lait du Québec to the text entitled “La gestion de l’offre appauvrit trop de Canadiens” (Impoverished by Big Dairy) by Vincent Geloso and Alexandre Moreau, published by La Presse + on September 2, 2016.

 

This rebuttal, entitled “Un filet de sécurité essentiel” (An Essential Safety Net), was published by La Presse + on September 7, 2016

2016-07-27

Rebuttal by Les Producteurs de lait du Québec to Sylvain Charlebois’ text entitled “Filthy Ice Cream,” which was published by La Presse on July 25, 2016.

This rebuttal was published by La Presse, La Tribune, Le Droit and La Voix de l’Est on July 2016.

2016-06-02

Ottawa, 2 juin 2016 — Quelque 2500 producteurs de lait de toutes les régions du Québec se sont rassemblés aujourd’hui devant la Chambre des communes avec leurs collègues d’ailleurs au Canada. Par ce rassemblement, les producteurs de lait de l’ensemble du Canada ont démontré sans équivoque l’importance de la gestion de l’offre pour l’avenir de leurs entreprises et demandé au gouvernement d’agir pour corriger les diverses lacunes de gestion des frontières qui minent l’efficacité de leur modèle depuis maintenant quelques années. Ils réclament des gestes concrets du gouvernement fédéral dans le dossier du lait diafiltré et veulent aussi obtenir la confirmation qu’il les compensera pour les dommages annuels d’environ 400 millions de dollars que leur causera à terme l’entrée en vigueur des ententes de libre-échange du Partenariat transpacifique (PTP) et de l’Accord économique et commercial global (AECG) entre le Canada et l’Union européenne.

2016-05-27

Longueuil, 27 mai 2016 — Des producteurs de lait de toutes les régions du Québec prendront la route en tracteur le lundi 30 mai pour se rendre à Ottawa. Des milliers de leurs confrères et consœurs du Québec, et d’ailleurs au Canada, se joindront à eux lors d’un rassemblement qui se tiendra le jeudi 2 juin devant la Chambre des communes.

2016-05-09

The chaos of globalized milk 

Reply of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec to the opinion « Le Bordel diafiltré » of Sylvain Charlebois, published in La Presse plus, May 6, 2016.

 

2016-04-20

Mont-Tremblant, April 14, 2016 – After their Annual General Meeting, Quebec’s milk producers are more determined than ever to get the Canadian government to act rapidly and enforce cheese compositional standards in the case of diafiltered milk.

2016-04-14

Transcription du discours du président des Producteurs de lait du Québec, Bruno Letendre, tel que prononcé dans le cadre de l’assemblée générale annuelle qui s’est déroulée les 13 et 14 avril 2016.

2016-04-12

Montreal, April 12, 2016 – Exasperated by the inaction of the federal government, Pierre Paradis, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Marcel Groleau, President of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA), Bruno Letendre, Chair of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, and Serge Riendeau, President of Agropur Dairy Cooperative, have demanded that the federal government enforce cheese compositional standards. Dairy enterprises that support the demands of milk producers.

2015
2015-11-26

Quebec City, November 26, 2015 – At their Semi-Annual General Meeting, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec gave a mixed review of the 2014-2015 dairy year. Even though the market situation is fairly positive, producers faced difficult conditions in the price they receive for their milk, trade agreements, and imports that pose a huge threat to the sector.

2015-11-26

Quebec City, November 26, 2015 – During his speech at the Semi-Annual General Meeting of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, Chairman Bruno Letendre affirmed that he wanted to give Canada’s new government a chance to prove itself in defending supply management, especially as concerns developments in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the Comprehensive Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union, as well as in tightening import controls for milk protein concentrâtes.

2015-10-08

Réplique du président des Producteurs de lait du Québec, Bruno Letendre, à Maxime Bernier, ministre d’État à l’Agriculture

2015-10-05

Producers in the supply management system understand that it is important for Canada to be part of this type of agreement. We have always acknowledged this and we hope that the gains obtained in certain sectors materialize. Nevertheless, the additional market access conceded by Canada is bad news for supply-managed commodities and pokes another hole in a system that has proven itself and largely guarantees socioeconomic development across Quebec,” stated Marcel Groleau, President of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) and spokesperson for the GO5 Coalition, in response to the concessions granted by Canada in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement reached today in Atlanta.

 

2015-09-28

With just two days to go before the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial conference in Atlanta that could result in a final agreement, Quebec’s agri-food industry leaders are mobilizing and making an urgent appeal to Stephen Harper, Canada’s Prime Minister.

2015-09-25

La négociation plurilatérale de libre-échange du Partenariat transpacifique (PTP), dans laquelle le Canada est activement engagé, pourrait se conclure dès la semaine prochaine, à Atlanta.

2015-04-16

Bruno Letendre, Chair of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec (PLQ), revealed the 2014 Lait’Xcellent Award winners at its Annual General Meeting.

Milk producers also honoured Ferme Clobert of Saint-Bonaventure, Quebec’s finalist for the 2014 Dairy Farmers of Canada Sustainability Award, the third time this award has been presented.

2015-04-15

At the organization’s Annual General Meeting, Bruno Letendre, Chair of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, directed comments at the Canadian government in connection with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which may end this spring.

2015-04-15

Transcription of the allocution of Bruno Letendre, Chairman of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, as adressed during the Annual General Meeting of April 15, 2015.

 

2015-04-15

At its Annual General Meeting today, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec gave a positive review of market conditions in the dairy sector in 2014.

2015-02-19

Les Producteurs de lait du Québec gave a positive assessment of collective marketing in the dairy sector, as part of a review of the 2009-2013 period before the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec (RMAAQ).

2015-02-19

Mémoire des Producteurs de lait du Québec présenté à la Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec pour l’évaluation périodique du plan conjoint des Producteurs de lait du Québec.

2015-01-29

Rebuttal by Les Producteurs de lait du Québec to Sylvain Charlebois’ text entitled “La pizza moins chère grâce à l’Europe” (Cheaper pizza thanks to Europe?), which was published in La Presse on Friday, January 23, 2015.

 

2014
2014-12-19

This holiday season, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec has donated nearly 38,000 additional litres of milk to the less fortunate, in addition to the record-breaking volume of 1,279,289 litres of milk already donated to underprivileged families in 2014, as part of the dairy industry partners’ milk and dairy donation program.

2014-12-05

Transcription of the allocution of Bruno Letendre, Chairman of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, as adressed during the Special General Meeting of November 27, 2014.

2014-11-27

At the Special General Meeting of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, Chairman Bruno Letendre demanded tangible, firm support from governments to maintain the essential conditions for supply management, especially in view of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations. He urged the governments not to give in to the demands of Canada’s trading partners, which are a double standard, as all countries have sensitive sectors to protect.

2014-11-27

At the Special General Meeting of Les producteurs de lait du Québec, Chairman Bruno Letendre was pleased to present Zakary O. Rhissa, Executive Director of Food Banks of Quebec, with $15,000.

2014-11-27

At the Special General Meeting of Les producteurs de lait du Québec, Chairman Bruno Letendre unveiled the organization’s new logo.

2014-06-19

Les Producteurs de lait du Québec is troubled by the Permier’s statements

2014-06-09

Note regarding Mercy for Animals’clip

2014-04-17

The Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec becomes Les Producteurs de lait du Québec

2014-04-16

The FPLQ presents the winners of the Lait’Xcellent milk quality competition

2014-04-16

The FPLQ is counting on Québec’s new government to make sure that Ottawa keeps its promise to milk and cheese producers

2013
2013-11-28

Partners from the dairy, cheese and agricultural sectors march in solidarity to denounce the concessions

2013-11-28

CETA: “We expect the federal government to honour its commitment and provide full compensation”

2013-11-28

Did you know? – Questions and answers about CETA

2013-11-28

Demands of the FPLQ to federal and provincial governments

2013-11-28

Impacts and perspectives for the dairy sector

2013-10-17

“An unacceptable concession that threatens the cheese industry”

2013-06-11

“That’s more trouble than it’s worth!”

2013-04-10

Ottawa must keep supply management intact in trade negociations

2012
2012-11-29

Que l’Europe se montre aussi ouverte que nous le sommes déja avant de réclamer plus d’acces a notre marché!?

***english will follow

2012-11-28

Quebec dairy sector posts strong growth between 2009 and 2011

2011
2011-11-24

Marcel Groleau reviews his seven years as Chairman

2011-11-23

Canada’s support for supply management is based on common sense

2011-11-17

Canada’s support for supply management is based on common sense

2011-04-14

Substantial economic benefits that compare favourably to those of several leading economic sectors

2011-04-13

Nous avons le défi de continuer développer des conditions favorables la croissance de l’ensemble du secteur laitier Marcel Groleau, président de la FPLQ

2010
2010-11-23

La politique agricole doit préserver le rapport de force des agriculteurs, selon Marcel Groleau

2010-04-14

“The FPLQ introduces the winners of its Lait’Xcellent milk quality competition”

2010-04-14

Marcel Groleau demande au gouvernement du Québec de consulter les agriculteurs sur son projet de politique agricole