Supply managed industries – such as the dairy producers – are largely centred in Eastern Canada and concern a very specific market segment. There are other parts of Canada’s agricultural industry, such as the beef, pork, grains and oilseeds, that are negatively impacted by Canada’s steadfast refusal to reduce supply-managed protectionism in international negotiations, notably the Trans-Pacific Trade negotiations.
The interests of these other – and very economically important – parts of the ag sector are often forgotten in public discussion of the TPP exercise. These producers have much to gain from a successful conclusion of the TPP.
See my comments in a recent edition of the Western Producer here.