What We Can Learn About Open Markets From Wine and Wheat

Commentary, Agriculture, Frontier Centre

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.

Chicken Processing Bonanza Alberta bound

Blog, Agriculture, Peter Holle

It’s no secret that Canadian so-called supply management marketing board policies are a destructive relic from the 1970s.  Frontier, along with several other Canadian think tanks has written extensively how they artificially raise prices for consumers while prohibiting the industry …

Canada’s Supply-Managed Stranglehold: How a system designed to help farmers is stopping companies from doing all the good things Ottawa says it wants from businesses – innovating, exporting and taking risks.

Commentary, Agriculture, Frontier Centre

Critics of supply management have typically focused on the high cost paid by consumers. Cami’s predicament demonstrates how lost export opportunities and the stifling of agricultural innovation is harming a much broader swath of the economy. Supply management is sapping economic growth, jobs and productivity, up and down the food chain, not to mention the hit on government revenues.