Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

October 02, 2007 13:06 ET

Canada's New Government Defends Supply Management

Minister's Statement

ILE D'ORLEANS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today issued the following statement about supply management.

"Canada's New Government continues to stand up for supply management. Our actions internationally and domestically clearly show this strong support.

"My government continues to aggressively defend the interests that are important to our supply-managed industries at the World Trade Organization (WTO) agriculture negotiations.

"One of the first things I did as Minister of Agriculture was to write to the Chair of the WTO agriculture negotiations. In that letter, I expressed Canada's concerns about some of the ideas currently under consideration in Geneva that are important to our supply-managed industries.

"We are also pursuing negotiations in accordance with Article 28 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade to address concerns with respect to milk protein concentrates. This was long overdue and has been well received by the Quebec dairy industry.

"Canada's New Government is showing leadership with its support of our supply management system domestically and defending it internationally. We are strongly committed to Canada's supply management system and the benefits it delivers to farm families.

"We know that this system works well for Canadian producers, processors and consumers. We are proud to continue to work with them to strengthen the industry and ensure its long-term sustainability."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Minister Ritz' Office
    Todd MacKay
    613-759-1059