Min­is­ter doesn’t close door on tweak­ing sup­ply man­age­ment

The Western Star - - OBITUARIES / CANADA -

When it comes to de­fend­ing Canada’s sup­ply man­age­ment sys­tem from the trade de­mands of the Trump White House, Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Lawrence Ma­cAulay is leav­ing the barn door open a crack.

The U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion 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 Wed­nes­day whether there’s any room to ne­go­ti­ate on sup­ply man­age­ment, Ma­cAulay was less un­equiv­o­cal.

“Well of course what needs to hap­pen is with any trade deal you have to find out ex­actly what is on the ta­ble, what the ap­proach is,’’ said Ma­cAulay.

Ma­cAulay’s of­fice later is­sued a state­ment clar­i­fy­ing his po­si­tion.

“Our govern­ment strongly sup­ports and is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing Canada’s sup­ply man­age­ment sys­tem. It was a Lib­eral govern­ment that cre­ated sup­ply man­age­ment and we be tire­less in de­fend­ing it and stand­ing up for the in­ter­ests of Cana­dian farm­ing fam­i­lies.”

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