OTTAWA, May 18 /CNW/ - Dairy Farmers of Canada welcomed the
reappointment of the Honourable Gerry Ritz as the Minister of
Agriculture and Agri-Food today.
"On behalf of DFC, I congratulate Minister Ritz on his reappointment,"
said Jacques Laforge, President of Dairy Farmers in Canada. "We look
forward to this opportunity to continue to work with the Minister and
his team at AAFC to advance our shared long-term vision of a strong,
profitable, supply-managed and consumer responsive dairy sector in
Canada. We want to keep working to find solutions that will bring
growth and profitability for farmers and processors." DFC looks forward
to working with the Prime Minister and his Caucus and congratulates
each minister on their recent appointments.
DFC also welcomes the appointments of the Honourable Ed Fast as Minister
of International Trade and the Honourable Christian Paradis as Minister
of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), as well as the
re-appointment of the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq as Minister of Health
and on her new file as Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
"We look forward to continued collaboration with the Federal Government
on the issues of interest to dairy farmers," said Mr. Laforge,
"including the defense of supply management in all international forums
and bilateral negotiations. As negotiations to reach a deal at the
World Trade Organization (WTO) continue, dairy farmers are mindful that
the Government of Canada has opposed the provisions in the latest draft
text that would have a negative impact on the supply managed
industries; potential losses have been estimated at $1 billion for
Canadian dairy farmers alone."
Dairy farms provide 16% of farm jobs in Canada. The Canadian dairy
sector contributes $15.2 billion to the GDP, sustains more than 215,000
jobs in Canada, and contributes over $3 billion in tax revenues to the
three levels of government.
SOURCE DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA (CORPORATE)
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