Politicians Criticized For Connections To Animal Ag 'Cartels'

One MP says deals with meat, dairy, and egg industries are hurting Canada's economy
Maxime Bernier On Animal Agriculture
Bernier has made a number of Twitter posts besmirching members of the Canadian government (Photo: Facebook)

Canadian MP Maxime Bernier has taken to Twitter with a series of posts aimed at exposing alleged injustice within the nation's government - in favor of the meat, dairy, and egg industries.

Economy at risk

Bernier's posts argue that allegiances with animal agriculture lobbyists put the Canada's economy at risk.

A post made on Sunday read: "Don't forget the even larger issue: Trudeau and Scheer are not only protecting the dairy, eggs and poultry cartels, but they are willing to put at risk the 20% of our economy that depends on exports to the US to please their cartel friends."

Dairy Industry Alleged Corruption
Bernier shared a list of what he says are 25 dairy industry lobbyists

Supply management

Bernier has historically taken a strong stance against supply management, and wrote a chapter on it for as-yet-unpublished book on Canadian politics.

The opening statement reads: "From the very beginning to the very end, one policy issue was at the centre of my campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada: supply management in agriculture.

"This is the system established by Pierre Trudeau's government in the early 1970s that keeps the prices of dairy, poultry, and eggs artificially high. As I said repeatedly during the campaign, it's a cartel. It’s the total opposite of a free market, and a conservative party should not be supporting it."

'Dairy cartel'

Bernier has made a number of posts highlighting connections between the dairy industry and the Canadian government, going so far as to say that big dairy 'puts politicians in its pockets'.

He also shared a list of what he says are 25 dairy industry lobbyists who attended the Conservative Convention in Halifax this weekend, despite the industry making up what he calls 'a tiny sector' of the nation's economy.

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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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