Canadian Government Invests $250 Million Into Dairy Industry

PM Trudeau says he will 'stand up to defend' the dairy industry
The investment is intended to protect the profitability of Canada's dairy industry

Canada's government has invested $250 million dollars of tax payer money into the dairy industry - while the nation comes under fire for its use of supply management.

The cash injection falls under the country's new Dairy Farm Investment Program and is intended to keep prices high and foster Canada's economy, while bolstering the system of supply managing already in place.

Supply management

Supply management is the controversial system which regulates the price of animal products in the country - in favor of its farmers.

Just last week, MP Maxime Bernier took to Twitter in criticism of its use, arguing that the animal agriculture industry has 'politicians in its pockets' and that supply management is the 'opposite of a free market'.  

He also shared a list of what he said are 25 dairy industry lobbyists who appeared at a Halifax conservative conference this month, despite the industry representing 'a tiny sector' of the nation's economy.

One MP said that the dairy industry should be protected because its products are beneficial to human health

Defence

Despite criticism of federal moves in favor of the dairy industry, supply management and animal agriculture subsidies are not without supporters.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that supply management is a system he 'will standup to defend' - while MP Mike Bassio emphasized the importance of 'healthy and well-regulated dairy products'.

Dairy and health

MP Bassio's claim about the healthful qualities of dairy, however, are not in line with the nation's own nutritional guidelines.

Canada recently removed the dairy category from its food guide entirely - which reportedly resulted in 'pushback from the meat and dairy industries'.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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