U.S. singles out supply management in Canada’s WTO trade review

June 13, 2019

Editor’s note: The Big Ag globalists still control ag trade policy in this administration. Just has China has an industrial strategy and we should get one too, Canada has an agro-industry strategy and we should get one too. Canada’s program actually works pretty well for their farmers. When they’ve dismantled parts of it in the past, it was bad news for that sector.  I.e. wheat. That being said, going forward, showing how there is not “free trade” in other countries can be a first step towards abandoning our fever dream that free trade exists.

In the first day of Canada’s trade policy review at the World Trade Organization, the U.S. touted the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and lauded a positive bilateral relationship, but criticized Ottawa for its supply management system, a longstanding U.S. concern.

[Hannah Monicken | June 13, 2019 | InsideTrade.com]

“The United States encourages Canada to review its agricultural policies that impose excessive tariffs and restrict imports of supply-managed dairy, poultry, and egg products,” U.S. Ambassador to the WTO Dennis Shea said, according to a copy of his remarks. “Reducing barriers to trade would benefit consumers in Canada and help increase the competitiveness of Canadian industries. Further, the United States would also underscore the importance of transparency in dairy pricing policies and any new assistance to dairy farmers and processors, so that Members can be assured of Canada’s compliance with its WTO commitments.”

The U.S. was not the only member to raise this concern. In its statement, the European Union cited it as one of Canada’s “obstacles to trade.” Australia and New Zealand have in the past also expressed concerns about Canada’s supply management system at the WTO.

Canada’s last trade policy review was held in 2015. The U.S. had its most recent review in December.

In its government paper prepared for the review, Canada defended its supply management policy for “promot[ing] stable farm incomes” and avoiding “shortages and costly surpluses.”...

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