Mr. Harper repeatedly maintained a position that the Western wheat growers would be "liberated" from the CWB but the government would "forever" protect eastern supply management.
But the clock is ticking for financial reforms as the global economy slowly sinks into the tank. Global liberized trade is seen as "key" to halt further erosion of the financial crisis. After all, did not the USA and the world seemingly learn from the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act?
Mr. Harper, it would appear, did an abrupt about face yesterday. It is now suggested that "everything" is on the table including all marketing boards.
"Harper also announced Sunday a notable shift in his government’s trade policy. Canada will formally ask to join the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership trade group of nine Asia-Pacific countries, he said, and Canada’s supply management system is on the table."
And yet the farmers remain silent. The farmers refuse to delve into the past to understand how, when and why the supply system was created.
The farmers look to their leaders for direction believing all things of agricultural marketing is hamstrung by current legislation.
But what if there is more to the story concerning agricultural rights? What if there is an old law still in place to protect agricultural domestic "wants and needs before export"?
Also would farmers explore the possibility that the government "may not" have had the ability to "capitalized" marketing licenses?... "may not" have had an ability to garner a legislative benefit from marketing license? And if that is a possibility... what would the consequences be as a result?
If the marketing boards are truly on the table.....what would be the financial consequences to the dissolution of billions of $$$$$ of marketing quota capital.... especially to the already fragile Ontario balance sheets?
Who will really pay the long term price when our domestic supply boards are dissolved? Did Mr. McGuinty sign away any rights in regards to agricultural marketing in June of 2008?