“Supply management: Canada limits imports of dairy, chicken, turkey, and eggs. The report says U.S. imports above quota levels face big tariffs â€” 245 per cent for cheese, 298 per cent for butter. “(This) inflates the prices Canadians pay for dairy and poultry.””
See What will Trump want from Canada on NAFTA? A U.S. document may offer cluesIf this is one of the issues that is bugging Trump, the price I pay for eggs and milk, sign me up. I’ve been complaining about the high prices for powdered milk and cheese here for more than a decade.
The “supply management” system has become a licence to print money for Canadian dairy people. With this, in order to sell milk a dairy person has to own a “quota” a licence to sell per cow. The quotas sell on the open market at prices much higher than the price of a cow but there’s a catch. The dairy people are guaranteed a profit. No matter how ridiculously high the price of a quota, the dairy people are guaranteed a profit, so the prices we pay for milk are ridiculously high, higher than any other country on Earth. And, yes, there is politics involved. Most of the dairy people work in Ontario and Quebec, where most policies in Canada get decided. It’s a silly gap in the division of powers in Canada, that two provinces get to run the whole country just because they are the oldest provinces and most populous in the nation. It’s not representation by population but representation by constitution…
I’m all for Canada being able to supply its own food, which is the nominal intent of this policy, but it’s out of control. The other demands expected from Trump of Canada are generally inoffensive, reflecting new technology like “cloud”, except that Trump will likely insist on the right to spy on the Canadian government… which should be open anyway as we taxpayers aren’t getting enough GNU/Linux and openness as it is. Perhaps there will be some good come out of Trumpism after all, but I doubt it will balance out.