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Andrew Coyne: We all pay for supply management, but Bernier pays the political price

2 monthes ago   |   By National Post

How did supply management, of all things, come to be at the centre of everything?
The policy, under which farmers in a number of sectors - milk, cheese, eggs, poultry - are organized into government-approved price-fixing rings, enforced by a complex system of quotas and protected by prohibitive tariffs on imports of the same goods, has been in place since the early 1970s. It affects fewer than 15,000 farmers nationwide, who between them account for less than one per cent of Canada's GDP.
Yet it has somehow become the central issue not only of our domestic politics, but of international...
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