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La Presse, p. A-15
The listeria crisis in Canada.
6 January 2009January 6, 2009
L'actualité alimentaire, p. 12
The Listeria outbreak in Canada.
31 October 2008October 31, 2008
La Presse, p. A-21
An obsolete, costly and unfair system: supply management.
29 July 2008July 29, 2008
Le Devoir, p. A-7
Towards a liberalization of international trade.
29 July 2008July 29, 2008
www.cyberpresse.ca, p. Web
The world food crisis.
5 July 2008July 5, 2008
Winnipeg Free Press, p. A-15
The world food crisis.
27 June 2008June 27, 2008
www.tolerance.ca, p. Web
The world food crisis.
10 June 2008June 10, 2008
Le Droit (Gatineau), p. 17
The world food crisis.
9 June 2008June 9, 2008
Les Affaires, p. 36
Supply management of farm products.
7 June 2008June 7, 2008
The Edmonton Journal, p. A-14
The world food crisis.
5 June 2008June 5, 2008
Economic Note on the world food crisis.

It may sound counterintuitive, since countries tend to isolate themselves during difficult times, but the challenge of the current food crisis invites all nations to agree collectively to policies that promote trade. The protectionist policies of developed countries and the distorted trade rules they lead to in agriculture are the fundamental factors that prevent the adjustments in worldwide food production and distribution needed to meet increased demand from emerging countries. A freer trade environment would allow more flexibility and innovation in order to adapt to market conditions, as in any other sector or industry.

3 June 2008June 3, 2008
The Gazette, p. A-13
The world food crisis.
3 June 2008June 3, 2008
Ottawa Citizen, p. B-7
The world food crisis.
31 May 2008May 31, 2008
The world food crisis

Long term growth in the world economy should see a continuation in the rising demand for food products. The recent food spikes have been caused primarily by a series of shorter term shocks and poor policy measures that have seen some economies benefit (Canada for example) and others suffer tremendously. The critical question is: what can be done to improve the situation?

29 May 2008May 29, 2008
La Presse, p. A-23
How the food crisis affects Canada.
30 April 2008April 30, 2008
Le Quotidien (Chicoutimi), p. 10
The tabling of the Commission sur l’avenir de l’agriculture et de l’agroalimentaire québécois' report.
15 February 2008February 15, 2008
Le Journal de Montréal, p. 23
The cost of milk regulation in Quebec.
7 February 2008February 7, 2008
Le Soleil, p. 21
The cost of milk regulation in Quebec.
1 February 2008February 1, 2008
Le Journal de Montréal, p. 25
The cost of milk regulation in Quebec.
31 January 2008January 31, 2008
National Post, p. FP-15
Publication of an Economic Note and an opinion poll on social assistance reforms.
12 September 2007September 12, 2007
Les Affaires, p. 41
The Commission sur l’avenir de l’agriculture et de l’agroalimentaire du Québec hold its hearings.
1 September 2007September 1, 2007
Economic Note on an obsolete, costly and unfair system: supply management

Despite a worldwide trend toward market liberalization and competition, most politicians and people involved in Quebec agriculture maintain a vigorous defence of supply management of certain farm products. Supply management is the mechanism by which milk, poultry and egg producers in Canada (most of them located in Quebec and Ontario) adjust production to protect their incomes. To this end, domestic demand is evaluated arbitrarily, and efforts are made to match this with production of the goods covered by the scheme.

23 August 2007August 23, 2007
www.cyberpresse.ca (Le Soleil), p. Web
Publication of an Economic Note on an obsolete, costly and unfair system: supply management.
22 August 2007August 22, 2007
Economic Note on the reasons behind the recurrent nature of the pork industry “crisis”

In the last few months, serious setbacks afflicting Quebec’s pork industry have been making headlines: the closing of slaughterhouses and processing plants, layoffs, and financial losses. A number of causes have been used to explain this crisis, in particular the rise of the Canadian dollar, industry cycles, high sickness levels, a lack of competitiveness among slaughterhouses, added costs to meet environmental standards, rigidities in collective marketing, and so on. A moratorium decreed by the provincial government on increases in pork production from 2002 to 2005 also stalled the rapid growth that the industry had experienced for more than a decade and stymied numerous investment projects.

14 March 2007March 14, 2007
Les Affaires, p. 16
Publication of an Economic Note on the supply management system in Canada’s dairy industry.
11 February 2006February 11, 2006
Economic Note on the supply management system in Canada’s dairy industry

Even with a temporary reprieve from the latest WTO talks in Hong Kong in December 2005, the supply management system in Canada’s dairy industry will have to be reformed in the longer term. The system clearly benefits certain milk producers, but on the other hand it holds Canadian consumers hostage and stifles entire industries that have to pay more for their milk. It erects an obstacle to competition throughout the Canadian dairy industry, penalizing the most dynamic producers by means of extravagantly expensive quotas. When it comes to reforming the dairy supply management system in Canada, a number of concerns have been raised to which the Australian experience provides answers.

27 January 2006January 27, 2006
Le Journal de Québec, p. 13
MEI Economic Note on the “supply management” model in agriculture.
5 February 2005February 5, 2005
Economic Note on the “supply management” model in agriculture

International talks at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in July 2004 drew attention to the “supply management” model in agriculture. This model was first applied in Australia in the 1920s to protect farmers’ incomes against economic swings and lower prices for their products as well as to increase their power in relation to buyers. Supply management, which is held out today as an indispensable element of Canadian agricultural policy, is in reality a needlessly costly system, particularly where dairy production is concerned.

1 February 2005February 1, 2005
La Presse, p. A-17
MEI Economic Note on the “supply management” model in agriculture.
1 February 2005February 1, 2005
Financial Post, p. F-15
MEI Economic Note on the “supply management” model in agriculture
1 February 2005February 1, 2005

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