New Free Trade Deal: Canada trade supply management to join "Trans-Pacific Partnership"
"HONOLULU — Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sunday Canada will apply to join a new free trade agreement with the United States and the Asia-Pacific region, and suggested that Canada’s farm supply management systems could be on the table for negotiation."
"A handful of countries in the TPP negotiations — including possibly New Zealand and the United States — have been resisting Canada’s entry into the group because of the Canadian supply management system that protects fewer than 20,000 dairy and poultry farmers behind a tariff wall and hands them production quotas."
This is exactly what people supporting the Wheat Board have been saying. Now harper has his sights set on the dairy/poultry side of things.
The funny thing i found in this article is that the line we're usually given is that supply management causes prices to remain artificially high. here it says "The Prime Minister said Canada can “easily meet” the broad strokes of the agreement unveiled Saturday by Mr. Obama, even if it means throwing into the mix a supply management system that forces Canadians to pay higher prices for products like milk, cheese, chicken and eggs."
in other words, he wants us to pay more for basic necessities when people are struggling so that a few huge companies can make a nice profit. A nice example of hyper destructive capitalism at it's best.