It didn't take long for the usual suspects to slam supply management again. The Conservatives introduced a pretty clumsy bill pretending that it would allow Canada's competition bureau to oversee price differences between the same products sold in the U.S. and Canada. First it was Global news, then the National Post and the Globe, all added that if the government really wanted to ensure fair pricing it would get rid of supply management in dairy and poultry industries. Not so fast says Ottawa based trade consultant Peter Clark. Thanks to Derwin Clow for seeing this item that has a lot of hard information about how Europe and the U.S. in particular subsidize their farmers. What Clark doesn't say is that one big difference in Canada is that there are no additional cheques in the mail for dairy and poultry farmers, they get paid once from the marketplace. It would be nice if the national columnists would do a little more research.
, a former Canadian trade negotiator, is president of Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates Ltd., an Ottawa-based international trade consultancy. He is a frequent media commentator and appears regularly before Parliamentary Committees, analyzing trade and commercial policy issues.