The NDP stands with dairy farmers who came to Ottawa
June 2nd, 2016 - 1:56pm
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June 2, 2016
The NDP stands with dairy farmers who came to Ottawa: Christine Moore demonstrated today with Abitibi-Témiscamingue farmers on Parliament Hill.
OTTAWA – The NDP joined dairy farmers in calling on the government to honour its solemn commitments. More than 2,000 discouraged dairy farmers from across the country gathered on Parliament Hill to urge the government to enforce import rules, particularly when it comes to diafiltered milk and the Duties Relief Program.
New Democrat MP Christine Moore (Abitibi-Témiscamingue) joined local dairy farmers who travelled to Ottawa to take part in the protest. “I was very clear: milk is milk, and diafiltered milk from the United States must be considered milk and be subject to customs duties. The standards just need to be enforced,” said Ms. Moore, who went on to say that the dairy industry is currently losing $220 million per year, and it is time for the government to compensate farmers for these losses.
On May 2, after voting against the NDP motion calling for the problem of diafiltered milk to be addressed immediately, the Liberal government promised to consult the industry once again to find a solution within 30 days. This was after they said that have been in communication with the industry since they were elected. Thirty days later we know they have carried out their consultations but still nothing has been done.
“Why is it taking so long to fix such a simple problem?” asked the MP for Abitibi-Témiscamingue. “Is the Minister of Agriculture having a hard time convincing his Finance and International Trade colleagues of the importance of having a properly functioning supply management system?” added Christine Moore.