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Blog > Politics > Is the Transpacific Partnership the trojan horse of supply management?
Jun 28

Is the Transpacific Partnership the trojan horse of supply management?

Senator Hervieux-Payette: I think that Ms. Findlay was talking mainly about supply management, including chicken, milk and eggs — the high-quality food products produced by our Canadian farmers.

I would really like to know how dismantling organizations that ensure a decent income for our farmers is going to factor into the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and what concessions your government is prepared to make. After agreeing to accept the proposal that was already on the table, now you are going to turn over much of our market and sell out our farmers.

Senator LeBreton: Senator Hervieux-Payette would know — she was a member of cabinet at one point — that as in all trade negotiations the Government of Canada will promote and defend the interests of Canada, all sectors of Canada’s interests. The honourable senator would also know that in any negotiation nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to. Where she is getting this information — from some U.S. publication — is a bit surprising to me.

Opening new markets is extremely important to Canada. It is extremely important to create new business opportunities for Canadians, and it is extremely important for the government’s plans regarding the economy, jobs and long-term prosperity.

As I said in response to earlier questions, we have a government that is mindful and protective of Canada’s sovereignty. We have done a great deal to ensure that Canada’s sovereign role in the world is acknowledged and respected. However, having said all of that, I would hope that the honourable senator would know more than most that it is very important for a country the size of Canada in this global economy to be at the table. We will protect Canadian interests. We will not enter any agreement that is not in the interests of Canadians and the Canadian economy.

Senator Hervieux-Payette: If my source in the United States is not true, I am quite willing to take the government’s source.

Senator LeBreton: The honourable senator is always referring to sources in the United States. I have no idea who those people are. I cannot speak for her sources in the United States. I can only try to address the issues she presents to me, representing the government in this chamber.

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