Supply management – flexible federalism at its best?

So suggested the Supreme Court of Canada recently, despite what the pundits and think tanks say


As 2011 ended, Canada’s supply management system was under the most sustained attack from the media, academics and agri-food critics that it had ever faced.

Rarely a week went by without a new criticism from a business shill, a think tank, an international source, media columnist or television commentator.

The only good news was that World Trade Organization talks in Geneva remained deadlocked after a December ministerial meeting and even the optimists predicted at least a two-year hiatus. More likely, the round is dead.

Better Farming - February 2012