Free trade has left many losers in its wake

RE: Trump’s milk shake puts dairy in­dus­try on no­tice (May 1)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Syl­vain Charlebois says that main­tain­ing sup­ply man­age­ment for dairy has come at a tremen­dous cost. Cost to whom? Yes, we pay more for dairy than they do south of the bor­der. But we pay more for lots of goods be­cause we have a smaller, less dense pop­u­la­tion, a colder cli­mate, (some­what) higher wages, public health care — the list goes on. And we also en­sure there are farm­ers still op­er­at­ing in Canada, cre­at­ing Cana­dian jobs and a sta­ble sys­tem of dairy pro­duc­tion.

Is this re­ally so bad? Are farm jobs not as valu­able as auto or wood or any other sec­tor? And do we not have a unique prob­lem, liv­ing next to the United States where they can pro­duce every­thing more cheaply be­cause of mar­ket size, ac­cess to cap­i­tal, cheaper wages, etc.?

If ev­ery­one starts to buy Amer­i­can milk at Wal­mart, maybe they’ll save money. But there goes an­other set of jobs and Cana­dian con­trol. What­ever changes are made to the mar­ket­ing board should be made slowly and cau­tiously. Free trade has left a lot of losers in its wake — many Cana­di­ans among them. Carol Town, Hamil­ton

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