Canada has finally placed the future of supply management on the table in TPP trade talks. However, with the election call, what’s at stake is not just the future of supply management, but our nation’s reputation. Our dairy sector deserves a comprehensive vision for its future by our Parliament, regardless of who is in power. Whether dairy farmers realize it or not, many more years of production under supply management will only bring greater uncertainty and grief.

Sylvain Charlebois is a professor at the Food Institute, University of Guelph

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