Open Letter: To the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada and the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

    OTTAWA, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ -

    As the five chairmen of the national supply-management organizations we
would like to clarify our intent and purpose in acknowledging the strong
leadership and commitment of the federal government in our open letter dated
February 11, 2008.
    Over the past two years, the federal government, and in particular, the
Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, have repeatedly
affirmed the government's strong commitment to stand up for supply management
and to defend and deliver on the Canadian position at the WTO negotiations on
agriculture. It is unequivocal that Minister Ritz and the Canadian government
support producers' goal for maintaining a viable and prosperous supply
management system in the dairy, egg and poultry sectors.
    The recent announcement made by Minister Ritz with respect to the
Government's intention to operationalize the WTO Special Agricultural
Safeguards (SSG) for supply-managed goods is yet another important tool that
government has activated in support of our industries. At the Dairy Farmers of
Canada Policy Conference on Thursday, February 7, 2008 dairy producers
expressed their gratitude for the government announcement on the SSG and all
producers operating under supply management add their voice of appreciation
for this action; that has been a long-standing request of the sectors.
    Dairy, poultry and egg producers thank the Minister for his actions taken
to date and acknowledge the strong leadership and determination being
illustrated through both his statements and actions.

    Yours sincerely,

    (signed)                             (signed)
    Mark Davies, Chair                   Gyslain Loyer, Chair
    Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency     Canadian Hatching Egg Producers

    (signed)                             (signed)
    David Fuller, Chair                  Jacques Laforge, President
    Chicken Farmers of Canada            Dairy Farmers of Canada

    Laurent Souligny, Chair
    Canadian Egg Marketing Agency

For further information:

For further information: Shelley E. Crabtree, Dairy Farmers of Canada,
(613) 236-9997

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