NDP Concerned About Supply Management System
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.