(NSN) Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Liberal MP Linda Lapointe was at at the Valley Clan Inc. Farm in Compton southeastern Quebec on Aug. 16 for an important announcement of federal support to dairy farmers by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau.
Considering the concerns of milk producers in her region, Lapointe said she wanted to support any initiative that could come to their aid.
$1.75 billion in aid
Taking into account the commitments made under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Lapointe pointed out that the federal government has committed to provide compensations in the amount of $1.75 billion over eight years to nearly 11,000 dairy producers in Canada.
Satisfied with measures
For the owner of a farm of 80 dairy cows, this represents $28,000 in the first year. “I am very proud and satisfied with the aid measures announced by my government,” she said. “I am confident that these will make a huge difference, not only for producers in my region, but also for those in the rest of Canada.
“In addition, since I was a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade, I am very sensitive to the issues surrounding free trade agreements,” added Lapointe.
The $1.75 billion is in addition the already allotted $250 million investment program that is available to more than 3,300 dairy farmers across the country. Both, she said, represent a total support of $ 2billion.
Committed to support
As well, Lapointe said that in the event of the ratification of the new free trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, the Canadian federal government has promised to fully and fairly support dairy producers.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates how much the government respects our producers and how strongly we believe in the supply management system,” Bibeau said for her part. She also reiterated the federal government’s commitment to other supply-managed sectors, like egg and poultry producers.