WHISTLER, BC, June 27 /CNW/ - The Government of Ontario's strong stand on
agriculture is applauded by Ontario's dairy and poultry farmers. Leona
Dombrowsky, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has
called on the federal government to actively negotiate the best deal for all
Canadian agriculture including its supply management sectors at the World
Trade Organization (WTO). Dombrowsky is in Whistler, B.C. at the
federal/provincial/territorial agricultural meetings.
"We believe it is possible for the federal government to negotiate a
balanced trade position that works for all of agriculture," said Carolynne
Griffith, spokesperson for FarmGate5 and Chair of Egg Farmers of Ontario. "We
have seen countries with less influence than Canada negotiate terms for their
industries that have been incorporated into the working text at the WTO."
The federal government appears to have removed itself from the current
round of agricultural trade negotiations at the WTO, citing that a unanimously
approved 2005 House of Commons Motion limits its ability to negotiate.
"Minister Dombrowsky was responsible for introducing a similar motion at
Queen's Park in December 2005 that resulted in a unanimous, all-party
commitment to maintaining Ontario's supply management system," said Geri
Kamenz, President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). "This
support was reaffirmed by a second motion held in May of this year. Both
federal and provincial motions are firm commitments to achieve a deal that
works for all of agriculture."
"Ontario is not alone in calling on the federal government to negotiate
for all of Canadian agriculture, including supply management," said John
Kikkert, President of Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO). "Farmers
from coast-to-coast are asking Minister Strahl to get back to the table and
actively negotiate the best deal possible for all Canadian farmers."
FarmGate5 was founded by Ontario's dairy and poultry farmers who feel
strongly that Canada's government must continue to work to support a balanced
trade position at the World Trade Organization. It brings together all people
and organizations that believe in a strong agricultural sector and a
prosperous food industry in Ontario. FarmGate5 is being supported by Dairy
Farmers of Ontario, Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Egg Farmers of Ontario, Turkey
Farmers of Ontario and Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg & Chick Commission. It has
the support of many MPs, MPPs, numerous farm organizations including the OFA
and CFFO, plus thousands of individuals across Ontario.
For further information:
For further information: Carolynne Griffith, FarmGate5 Spokesperson
Chair, Egg Farmers of Ontario, On location in Whistler, (519) 852-5405; Bill
Mitchell, FarmGate5 Media Contact, (905) 821-8970; Murray Booy, Chair, Chicken
Farmers of Ontario, On location in Whistler, (519) 200-2805; Bill Emmott, Vice
Chair, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, On location in Whistler, (519) 754-7964; Dick
Ottens, Director, Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg & Chick Commission, On location
in Whistler, (519) 383-9035