(Brian Platt – National Post)
With NAFTA negotiations expected to start within weeks, one of the touchiest issues for the Canadian government will be supply management — the quota system the dairy lobby fiercely protects and politicians fear to tread on.
It seems Canadians, however, take a more open-minded view. And they take it despite knowing very little about what supply management actually is or what products it affects.
A summer poll of 1,500 people conducted by the Angus Reid Institute (ARI) concludes a majority of Canadians are OK with using supply management as a bargaining chip during NAFTA talks, with 26 per cent saying we should immediately offer to scrap it and 45 per cent saying that should only be a last resort. Click here to read more.