WTO Doha Round should not result in economic hardship for farmers

    OTTAWA, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian dairy, poultry and egg farm
leaders will travel to Whistler, British Columbia during the upcoming
federal-provincial-territorial meetings from June 26 to June 29, 2007, to
rally further support for supply management from both levels of government.
    Though it has long stated its support for Canada's supply management
system, the federal government has effectively removed itself from the current
round of agricultural trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization
(WTO), contending that a unanimously approved 2005 House of Commons Motion
limits its ability to negotiate.
    "The motion represents an outcome objective, not a limiting mandate. Its
spirit is to ensure that Canada achieves the necessary results at the WTO to
maintain the viability of our Canadian supply management programs, and to
ensure that our dairy, poultry and egg farmers do not suffer negative economic
impacts," says Jacques Laforge, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada.
    Supply management producers firmly believe that these objectives are
attainable. They encourage government representatives to fight for all of
Canadian agriculture and find new ways to engage in the negotiations and
deliver a result acceptable to all sectors.
    "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," says David Fuller, Chairman of Chicken Farmers of Canada. "We know that
our requirements are reasonable and attainable. The federal government must
ensure that it avails itself of all possible means to achieve the desired

    Canadian dairy, poultry and egg producers are calling upon all provincial
governments and all Members of Parliament to clearly indicate to the federal
government that the outcome of WTO negotiations in agriculture can only be
judged as successful if it brings about no economic losses to supply
management industries.

For further information:

For further information: Thérèse Beaulieu, Assistant Director,
Communications & Policy, Dairy Farmers of Canada, (613) 236-9997; Bernadette
Cox, Manager, Corporate and Public Affairs, Canadian Egg Marketing Agency,
(613) 238-2514

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