In order to promote a change of agricultural policy, we briefly review the cases of countries that have abolished or are in the process of abolishing quota systems: the buyback and abandonment of milk quotas in Australia, of tobacco and peanut quotas in the United States, the elimination of milk quotas in Switzerland and the beginnings of a process of abandonment of milk quotas in Europe. Canada could follow these examples by abandoning mandatory membership in marketing boards and by imposing a temporary tax to buy back farming quotas. These are necessary conditions to realizing the competitive potential of our agri-food sector, fostering agricultural entrepreneurship and thereby allowing it to contribute to the prosperity of the country.
|Les agriculteurs pénalisés par la gestion de l’offre, affirme l’Institut économique de Montréal (LesAffaires.com, August 29, 2012)
Marketing boards failing farmers, study argues (The Globe and Mail, August 28, 2012)
|Interview with Mario Dumais (Sun TV, August 28, 2012)