Anne Quach demands a clear message from the Trudeau government

Dairy industry

Publié le 25 avril 2017

MP Anne Quach and her colleague Ruth Ellen Brosseau come to the defence of dairy farmers as they did in April 2016 at a demonstration in Ottawa.

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Following recent comments from President, Donald Trump, MP for Salaberry-Suroît, Anne Minh-ThuQuach, asked the government of Justin Trudeau to send a clear message to the United States to commit to protecting the supply management system and resolve the diafiltred milk crisis.

"The Conservative and Liberal Governments have not done enough to support our farmers. Think about free trade treaties where supply management is always used as a means for negotiation. Think about diafiltred milk which is impoverishing farmers in the Montérégie West," deplored Anne Minh-Thu Quach. "Supply management must not be part of concessions and the Trudeau government must stand up to the Trump administration to see that Canadian regulations on milk are respected."

The NDP has regularly requested that the Liberals give producers guarantees that supply management will be protected within the framework of NAFTA renegotiations. The Liberals have remained practically silent with regard to their priorities in all future negotiations.

"Justin Trudeau must be clear: supply management will not be touched," added MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau. "It goes beyond tariff reductions – it applies to the strength of our economy, the health of our industries, the safety of the food we eat and the sustainability of our local family farms."

Remember that some 465 dairy farms are operating in the Montérégie-Ouest and their production is estimated at over $212 million. They employ more than 4 300 people.   (M.P.-C.J.)