My Take: By Matthew Mccully

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS -

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has just handed over around 3.6 per cent of the Cana­dian dairy in­dus­try to out­side in­ter­ests.

Com­bined with other con­ces­sions made in the Trans Pa­cific Part­ner­ship and losses faced by farm­ers through di­afil­tered milk prod­ucts leak­ing across the bor­der, the Cana­dian dairy in­dus­try’s mar­ket share is sub­stan­tially lower than its value on pa­per, the fig­ure upon which gen­er­a­tions of lo­cal pro­duc­ers have based life­long in­vest­ments.

Sup­ply man­age­ment con­trols the amount of dairy in the Cana­dian sys­tem as well as its price, and also mon­i­tors the qual­ity of the prod­uct through strict reg­u­la­tions.

Free mar­ket puts all op­tions, at all price points and lev­els of qual­ity in front of the con­sumer, who ul­ti­mately con­trols the de­mand.

Nine times out of ten, the win­ner is the low­est bid­der.

Wid­gets are one thing.

When the prod­uct in­volves a liv­ing thing, cost cut­ting leads to abuse.

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