Dairy Farmers of Canada Looks Forward to Working with New Federal Cabinet

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 Development Agency.

"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)

For further information:

Elizabeth Cork, Government Relations & Strategic Communications Coordinator
(613) 236-9997, x 2760, cell (613) 301 2113

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