Jim Merriam was out of touch with reality in his column Costs higher to dismantle supply
management (Sept. 11). Merriam ignored OECD data showing Canadian consumers faced an average overcharge of 89 per cent on dairy between 2000 and 2017, an overcharge that is neither sound public policy nor anything about which the rural community should be proud.
Furthermore, Merriam was wrong to claim supply management “helps to guarantee the quality of the product consumers purchase” because that is the job of our food inspection system.
If the Beatrice/Parmalat group of companies, best known as dairy processors, and our food inspection system can be trusted to bring us orange juice from never-identified countries, they can certainly be trusted to do the same thing with dairy products.
Merriam also was wrong to assign all of the NAFTA “bullying” to Donald Trump because Trump was standing up for Canadian consumers, something Canadian governments are obviously too bullied by supply management to do. Stephen Thompson Clinton