Government Must Stand up for Farmers and Commit to Ending Supply Management – March 25, 2013
Martha Hall Findlay has brought attention to Canada’s system of supply management; a system in which production quotas are allocated to dairy, poultry, turkey and egg farmers, and prices are set by their respective marketing boards. Farmers themselves are the victims of this status quo – particularly export dependent producers in Western Canada.
Media Release - Prosperity Ahead Without Canadian Wheat Board Monopoly – July 28, 2011
This study looks ahead and assesses possible consequence scenarios to the eventuality that the Canadian Wheat Board is removed in 2012 as many expect.
Dairy Trade Winners, Losers, and Winners – April 14, 2010
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s visit to Ottawa serves to contrast Canada’s agricultural policy with the policy of free trade.
Can't We All Drink From The Same Cow? – November 19, 2009
Canada is a dairy industry production backwater. Over the past 10 years, the value of Canadian exports of dairy products has dropped by 30% to $255-million. Last year, Canada had a dairy product trade deficit of $422-million.
How U.S. Protectionism is Killing Canada’s Livestock Producers – September 2, 2009
Canada’s livestock producers are being hurt badly by U.S. country of origin labeling regulations (COOL). Canada must continue to fight these regulations at the WTO.
Municipal Expropriation for Economic Development: A Tied-Up David v. Goliath Battle – August 4, 2009
Landowners across Manitoba, and in four other provinces, are not safe as provincial governments allow municipalities to expropriate land for economic development—without any real procedural safeguards.
Expropriating for Economic Development: A Carte Blanche for Municipal Mismanagement – July 27, 2009
Provincial legislators should eliminate the practice of allowing municipal expropriation for economic development purposes as it allows for sweeping governmental abuse.
Food Safety: Quality Matters, Not Just Price – February 26, 2009
In our fast-paced modern social arrangements fewer consumers prepare food for themselves, and these few often with less available time. In filling this demand for convenience, processed foods have become a big part of our diets.
President Obama Is COOLing It – February 17, 2009
Food trade policy is essential to providing variety and affordability to consumers, no matter where they live. The food industry is largely recession-proof, but still vulnerable to external influences. With a president in the White House who seems ready to think more internationally, the virtues of free trade may be fortified. That would be welcome news to the Canadian economy during these worrying conditions.
Settling Old Debts – November 20, 2008
Despite the recent establishment of a tribunal for settling specific claims, Canada still requires an expedited process that moves towards a final filing deadline for all specific land claims.
Parties United Against The Free Market – October 23, 2008
The only answer I can come up with is this: Most voters have no idea how supply management works. They don't realize they're paying more for their weekly groceries because of it. Big Farm, though, knows all about it.
Your Land Is Not Your Land – November 20, 2007
A Manitoba farmer recently lost a precedent setting court case against his local municipal government over the expropriation of his property for economic purposes.
Let Dairy Farmers Sleep - We'll Buy Somewhere Else – October 31, 2007
Canadians would all be better off if we closed down supply management and imported dairy products at world prices.
Is Quota Helping to Kill the Family Farm? – October 25, 2007
As the entry price into the monopoly increases the number of dairy farms is collapsing.
Rolf Penner responds to CWB Chair's column – July 21, 2007
CWB Disparities – July 16, 2007
Set Their Catches Free – June 27, 2007
'Fresh' approach to fish marketing long overdue
CWB Price Premium Myth – June 19, 2007
Competition would dramatically raise the prices farmers are currently receiving thereby enabling them to effectively compete in the global marketplace.
Good Ideas Drowning in Regulation – June 4, 2007
Politicians love to crow about regulations they enact. They take out advertisements bragging about how tough they are on industries and how they are protecting us. Protecting us? From innovation, productivity, competitiveness, investment, more money in our pockets, a longer life and a cleaner environment? They have got to be kidding.
Barley, Free at Last – April 4, 2007
The vote margins in the barley referendum accurately reflect growers' desire for marketing choices. They can plant with the knowledge of how much and when they will be paid. Malsters are now more likely to build plants in Canada. The Wheat Board needs leaders capable of adapting to new circumstances.