Canada’s supply management systems impose tariffs of up to 300 per cent on above-quota imports.
The government’s growth strategy should be to see to it Canadian firms spend more of their time producing and competing for profit and less of it talking about producing and competing to hit national targets.
From energy extraction to transportation and personal travel, from off-road vehicles to the desire to farm and ranch, to reasonable calls to conserve and enjoy Alberta’s natural surroundings, there are no shortages of potential land-use skirmishes.
There are few Canadians who understand agricultural supply management and how it affects their daily lives, which is a major reason why this outdated system has survived. Its receiving greater scrutiny now, though, because its impeding trade agreements.
On April 16, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed British Columbias first case of Mad Cow or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The cattle and beef industry remains concerned about the U.S. border staying open to younger slaughter animals. The breeding industry, which has not been able to export to the United States since May 2003, fears further delays in a US decision to reopen the border to cattle over 30 months of age.