Lunch on the Frontier with Martha Hall Findlay, December 2, 2013 in Winnipeg. Despite a professed commitment to free trade, Canada has retained a staunchly protectionist supply management regime in several agricultural sectors, notably in the dairy industry. This forces …
Martha Hall Findlay is an entrepreneur, lawyer and politician from Toronto. She is the Chief Legal Officer of EnStream LP (the mobile payments joint venture among Rogers, Bell and TELUS). She is the former Member of Parliament for Willowdale and …
Canadian history is filled with tales of protected industries destined for oblivion because of free trade, foreign threats or lost subsidies. But the worst-case scenario rarely plays out as predicted. Consider two prominent examples from the past quarter-century: the advent of free trade for Ontario’s wine industry and the end of the subsidized freight rates for Western grain farmers. In both cases, disaster was predicted. Yet both sectors adapted and emerged stronger.
A new Frontier Centre study showing that payments to fishermen under the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation’s (FFMC) jurisdiction are declining should be a wake-up call to the provinces and territory that are still under it.
A group of about 35 western Manitoba fishers demonstrated in front of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corp.’s Transcona plant Monday, protesting the federal agency’s seizure last week of mullet destined for Illinois.
Canada’s dairy industry is not currently well-positioned to succeed in increasingly liberalized international markets and policy reforms are currently needed to insure competitiveness in the future.
Is the Harper government willing to dismantle the supply management system that protects poultry and dairy farmers from competition? You should bet that it is.