Minister hints at deal on supply management
OTTAWA — When it comes to defending Canada’s supply management system from U.S. trade demands, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay is leaving the barn door open a crack.
The U.S. has made it clear it wants Canada’s system for controlling the price and supplies of dairy, eggs and chicken abolished — something MacAulay insists will not happen.
But when asked whether there’s any room to negotiate on supply management, MacAulay was less unequivocal.
He says that with any trade deal, all parties need to know exactly what’s on the table, quickly adding it’s not his role to negotiate NAFTA in public.
When pressed about what realistic changes Canada would consider, MacAulay insisted the government would defend supply management.