Pro­duC­ers de­fend sup­ply mAn­Age­ment sys­tem

PM among pa­trons of Sparks Street eatery be­ing hosted by sup­ply-man­aged farm­ers

Ottawa Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - ME­GAN GIL­LIS

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau popped in Tues­day af­ter­noon to a pop-up “diner” set up on Sparks Street by Cana­dian food pro­duc­ers tout­ing the ben­e­fits of sup­ply man­age­ment sys­tems in agri­cul­ture. The PM sat down at a ta­ble with a num­ber of farm­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives to dis­cuss farm sup­port poli­cies that in­censed U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at the week­end’s G-7 sum­mit in Charlevoix, Que.

And per­haps thanks to U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s bit­ter at­tacks on the sys­tem, #Ot­tawadiner is trend­ing on Twit­ter and draw­ing vis­i­tors in­clud­ing MPs. The Egg Farm­ers of Canada is­sued an open in­vi­ta­tion for Ot­tawans to meet the coun­try’s egg, dairy, chicken and turkey farm­ers from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. out­side the Na­tional Press Build­ing. On of­fer was “de­li­cious food made from fresh, lo­cal, high-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents pro­vided by Canada’s sup­ply-man­aged farm­ers.”

“The pop-up Down­town Diner is a unique op­por­tu­nity to learn how the sys­tem of sup­ply man­age­ment helps main­tain a vi­brant agri­cul­tural sec­tor in Canada and de­liv­ers food of the high­est qual­ity for Cana­di­ans,” the egg farm­ers touted. Farm­ers is­sued an open in­vi­ta­tion to the event a week ago amid free trade talks but Trump’s com­plaints about sup­ply man­age­ment via Twit­ter Sun­day raised con­cerns, par­tic­u­larly among dairy farm­ers.

A poll last sum­mer found that three-quar­ters of Cana­di­ans sup­port sup­ply man­age­ment. Es­tab­lished in the 1970s, it lim­its dairy, egg and chicken pro­duc­tion and im­poses steep tar­iffs on im­ports be­yond a cer­tain amount to keep the mar­ket from be­com­ing sat­u­rated.

WAYNE CUDDINGTON

A pop-up diner on Sparks Street is help­ing to tout the ben­e­fits of sup­ply man­age­ment.

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