Tracey tells the government they must stand up for supply management

Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):  

Mr. Speaker, supporting supply management means saying “no”. Dairy is officially on the table. The U.S. has called for a definitive end to Canada's supply managed system and is demanding immediate further access to our markets. This is outrageous. Both the Liberals and the Conservatives have no problem putting our supply managed sector up for grabs in trade deals like TPP and CETA, but this time, the Liberals must protect our industry and say “no”. 

Will the minister drop the spin and finally tell the U.S. that supply management is not on the table? 

Mr. Jean-Claude Poissant (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.)    

Mr. Speaker, we are the party that implemented supply management, and we are going to continue to defend it. Dairy trade between Canada and the United States massively favours the U.S., by a ratio of five to one. They`ve seen growth of 209% since NAFTA came into force. The U.S. has a trade surplus of $246 million. I want to reassure the House as well as dairy farmers that we are going to defend our supply management system.