Ottawa, Ontario. – Yesterday, Canadian Deputy Ambassador to the United States Kirsten Hillman stated that the request that Canada dismantle supply management in NAFTA renegotiations is "unacceptable". Ambassador Hillman then further stated that Canada does not have tariffs in the dairy sector.
David Clement, Toronto based North American Affairs Manager of the Consumer Choice Center (CCC), called Hillman's comments "completely disingenuous and troubling for Canadian consumers".
"The claim that Canada doesn't have tariffs in the dairy sector just isn't true. The average tarriff rate on over-quota dairy products is 218.5%. When Ambassador Hillman states that that Canada doesn't have tarriffs in the dairy sector, she is either lying, or ignorant. Both are extremely troubling given how important NAFTA is for the Canadian economy, and Canadian consumers," said Clement
"Getting rid of supply management to save NAFTA is a no-brainer. We know that supply management inflates prices to the point where it costs Canadian families up to $500 more per year for groceries. We know that these artificial prices push nearly 189,000 Canadians under the poverty line, and we know that the best peer reviewed research out there states that eliminating supply management would be a net benefit for Canadian consumers, and Canadian farmers. For the sake of all Canadian consumers, and to save NAFTA, Canada should get rid of supply management. Ambassador Hillman's defence of supply management is unacceptable," said Clement.