OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ -
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
RE: Appointment of new CEO of the Canadian Dairy Commission
Dear Prime Minister:
I am writing you today regarding the appointment of a new Chief
Executive Officer for the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC). With the
retirement of John Core, we understand that a new CEO will be appointed
through the Order in Council process. We urge you to select a new CEO
who will give serious consideration to the concerns of restaurateurs
and consumers who deserve fair pricing on dairy products in this
As you know, the CDC's CEO is a member of the three-person board of
directors responsible for establishing the support price for industrial
milk - the milk used to make cheese and other dairy products. Over the
past 16 years, the price of industrial milk has climbed approximately
nine times faster than the cost of production and significantly faster
than inflation. Even during years when the CDC's own cost of
production numbers dropped, no reduction in the support price was
given. The OECD estimates that Canadians subsidize producers to the
tune of $2.4 billion a year through artificially inflated prices.
Canadian restaurants purchase over $2.7 billion in dairy products a year
and we are concerned that dairy consumers' concerns do not receive the
consideration that they should under our current system. We believe
that with more reasonable pricing, we could sell more dairy products in
this country - this would benefit both dairy producers and consumers.
We have repeatedly advocated for price reductions at the Canadian Dairy
Commission to help grow the market.
In appointing the next CEO of the CDC, we encourage you to select a
leader who will work to create a dairy system in Canada that is fair
and transparent to farmers, processors, restaurateurs and consumers.
President and CEO
The Hon. Gerry Ritz, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, Communications Specialist, 1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254 or email@example.com