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Dairy Farmers of Canada Comment On The TransPacific Partnership


November 15, 2011
By Canada NewsWire

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November 15, 2011 – The Canadian government has formally indicated its desire to join the TransPacific Partnership negotiations. Prime Minister Harper was also very clear that Canada will not pre-negotiate its entry in the TPP, as it relates to agricultural supply management, intellectual property rights or other broad Canadian interests.

November 15, 2011 – The Canadian
government has formally indicated its desire to join the TransPacific
Partnership negotiations. Prime Minister Harper was also very clear
that Canada will not pre-negotiate its entry in the TPP, as it relates
to agricultural supply management, intellectual property rights or
other broad Canadian interests.
"Supply management has not stood in the way of Canada's ability to successfully negotiate trade agreements in the past and it is unlikely to do so in the future," said Wally Smith, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Canada has concluded trade deals including the NAFTA, and bilateral deals with Jordan, Columbia, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile, Israel, EFTA (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) while balancing Canadian interests. Other trade negotiations are underway as well, including one with the European Union (CETA).
"Every country recognizes the importance of their agricultural and other economic sectors, said Smith. "The Government recognizes that agriculture is important to the Canadian economy and that the stability of supply management can be counted on to provide over 215,000 jobs in various regions across the country."
"The Canadian government understands the importance of stability in markets – agricultural or financial, as stated recently at the G-20 meeting," said Smith. "Supply management allows farmers to negotiate with processors in a more balanced way in a concentrated dairy sector. Canadians – from farmers to consumers – have not had to deal with wild fluctuations observed in world dairy markets in recent years."
"Supply management allows farmers to make a living from the marketplace in Canada," explained Smith. "The government has no desire to see our farmers have to compete against the treasuries of other countries."

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