Mer­riam wrong

The London Free Press - - LETTERS -

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

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