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.
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.
The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) is using old tricks to justify its monopoly over prairie wheat and barley sales. The board is conducting a mail-in plebiscite among western farmers that is rigged to give it the result it wants – namely the appearance of widespread support for its “single-desk” marketing of all wheat and barley harvested for human consumption.
This study looks ahead and assesses possible consequence scenarios to the eventuality that the Canadian Wheat Board is removed in 2012 as many expect.
The board’s claim that by gathering together all prairie grain and selling it in bulk it will achieve a higher price is a myth, because even though it controls the output of around 60,000 farmers, it nonetheless still controls too little grain to push the price up by withholding wheat and barley from the market, then rushing it to the selling floor.
To realize how truly peculiar our milk thinking is, consider another crucial liquid in Canadians’ lives, this one black. When world oil prices fall and their decline is not instantaneously reflected at your local gas pump, the media, the man in the street and Liberal MP Dan McTeague all become apoplectic.
The bottom line is the attempt to make cross-border activity easier, getting people working as a team more often and to capitalize on what may be a long growth cycle for the West.
As the region’s agricultural, food processing, aerospace, transportation and manufacturing sectors mature, there is increasing interest in developing new markets within the region.