10:24 A.M. THIS is why Cheese is So Expensive in Canada …

Minimum price-setting for domestic dairy products keeps cheese prices above a certain mark , while strict quotas and high taxes on imports keep foreign competition under control. International cheeses account for a tiny fraction of the market , so cheese made in France , Italy , and other places abroad is difficult to find outside specialty shops. The result is more profits for Canadian producers taken straight from the consumers’ pockets come check-out time.

When supply management was introduced to Canada in the 1960s and ’70s , it served a clear purpose.

MORBNOTE ; Looking at the time this was created you can ascertain that Pete SR and his Liberal government created this … Now , to be fair , as you read on you can see that he was attempting to protect the small , local family run farms … But when they grew to become big industry , something should have been altered or scrapped , but didn’t change … And we’ve been getting gouged ever since …

The policies were put in place to protect farmers from unpredictable market fluctuations and keep their livelihoods secure. Since then many of the small family farms that were originally protected under the laws have been replaced with factory farms , and the relevance of supply management is now a topic of hot debate.

The laws aren’t terribly popular among citizens ( even police officers have been known to help smuggle cheese across the border ), and it’s not just because of the high grocery bills. Opponents argue that the regulations are bad for innovation , free trade negotiations , and restaurateurs. Canadian farmers still insist the benefits outweigh the costs.

Read this load of shit from the ‘ corporate farmers ‘ ;

On the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s web page, they write …

” While farmers around the world face unexpected and inexplicable wild market fluctuations , Canadian farmers sell their milk at constant and stable prices. As a result , Canadian dairy farming is one of the few agricultural sectors that are self-sufficient ( The preceding term is absolutely false ! ) providing income security for farmers and requiring no government subsidy. This means Canadian farmers can invest in their farms , communities and Canada “…

How much do you think they ‘ invest ‘ in their communities and Canada ?!!! …

Because farmers hold significant power in Canadian politics ( predominantly in KBec !!! ) , supply management boasts supporters from every major party. But not all hope is lost for Canadian connoisseurs of affordable cheese. Progress on their front was made last year when a trade deal was signed slightly increasing the quota on foreign dairy imports.

Consumers may benefit from the resulting price cuts , while Canadian farmers and processors will receive $4.3 billion from the government ( US !!! The tax payers !!! ) over 15 years to make up for the revenue loss.

So next time you enjoy a plate of poutine , feel free to be a little less conservative with the cheese curds.

And remember !!! …  The dairy farmers are TOTALLY SELF SUFFICIENT !!! … Pay no attention to that paltry 4.3 billion GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY !!! …

Source: Why Is Cheese So Expensive in Canada? | Mental Floss

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