NDP MOTION: LIBERALS REFUSE TO PROTECT OUR DAIRY PRODUCERS
May 4th, 2016 - 12:03pm
SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – Yesterday, the Liberal government voted against an NDP motion to protect our dairy producers. The Liberals are therefore breaking their election promises and commitments made at the beginning of their mandate to require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.
"The situation is urgent and producers are tired of waiting. The solution is simple and comes down to this government standing up for Canada's dairy industry by enforcing cheese composition standards. Our family dairy farms are being threatened and I'm disappointed that the Liberals aren't respecting their commitments”, said NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît).
Producers from Montérégie west are losing around $15 000 per year due to imported diafiltered milk from the United States. The industry is calling for this problem to be solved immediately by properly enforcing cheese composition standards.
"The government had six months to take action. Not only did the entire liberal caucus vote against our motion, but all the Minister of Agriculture had to offer was a promise to meet with producers in a month or so. In the meantime, producers of our region will lose between $1000 and $4000,” said Brosseau. They need action more than words.”
Diafiltered milk is a milk protein concentrate from the United States designed to circumvent Canadian regulations and laws as no American processor uses it.