NDP Con­cerned About Sup­ply Man­age­ment Sys­tem

Stanstead Journal - - STANSTEAD JORURNAL -

Jean Rousseau echoes con­cerns of milk and poul­try pro­duc­ers in Que­bec

New Demo­crat MP and Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion As­so­ci­ate Critic for Agri­cul­ture, Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton—stanstead), echoed in the House of Com­mons this af­ter­noon the le­git­i­mate con­cerns of milk and poul­try pro­duc­ers in Que­bec re­gard­ing Canada’s pos­si­ble par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Trans-pa­cific Part­ner­ship.

“Pro­duc­ers are con­cerned to see the Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment’s in­ter­est in the Trans-pa­cific Part­ner­ship,” he said dur­ing ques­tion pe­riod. “Just last week, the min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble said it wasn’t in Canada’s best in­ter­ests to take part in these ne­go­ti­a­tions. How can we have con­fi­dence in a govern­ment that changes its mind so quickly?”

Rousseau re­minded that sev­eral par­tic­i­pants in the Part­ner­ship, in­clud­ing the United States, want to see Canada’s sup­ply man­age­ment sys­tem elim­i­nated, a po­si­tion that deeply con­cerns Que­bec pro­duc­ers and their fam­i­lies.

Let us re­call that the Con­ser­va­tive Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Trade, Ed Fast, said last week that Canada wished to join in dis­cus­sions on the TransPa­cific Part­ner­ship, a new free trade agree­ment for the Asia-pa­cific re­gion. The Con­ser­va­tives had, how­ever, con­firmed the op­po­site up un­til now. This about­face needs to be clar­i­fied by the min­is­ter, ac­cord­ing to Rousseau.

photo Ar­chives Comp­ton – Stanstead MP Jean Rousseau

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