Canada and the USA are now involved in a harmful trade war that threatens our prosperity. At the heart of the disagreement are the sky-high tariffs that Canada levies on dairy products to shelter our milk cartel. These import duties of up to 270% make our milk, cheese and yoghurt far more expensive than they ought to be.
Since Pierre Trudeau introduced dairy supply management in 1971 consumers have been forced to pay high prices for less selection. Before the market was rigged, there was little price difference for dairy products between Canada and the USA. Since then, the changes gave the Canadian dairy industry the ability to restrict supply and enjoy a monopoly. Research shows that consumers pay up to 77% higher prices for dairy than Americans.