Remember how the Green Party was concerned about high milk prices in New Zealand and wanted something done to make it cheaper?
They’ve changed their tune now and want to keep Canadian milk prices artificially high.
They don’t say that explicitly but that’s what their oppositionto the Trans Pacific Partnership which would remove agricultural regulations such as Canada’s supply management system for dairy, which aims to preserve farmers’ livelihoods would do.
These farmers’ livelihoods are being paid for through higher prices for dairy products paid for by tax payers and consumers.
A free trade deal which opens the Canadian market to dairy products from other countries – including New Zealand and their closest neighbour the USA – would improve the range and lower the prices for consumers.
It would make life more difficult for some Canadian dairy farmers just as removing subsidies in the 80s did for farmers here, but I don’t know a single farmer who wants the protection back.
Once Canadian farmers adjust they’ll find they are much better off answering to the market rather than to politicians and bureaucrats and consumers. If they’re not they’ll follow market signals and swap to a different land use from which they can make a decent living without the need of protection or subsidies; or they’ll sell to someone who can cope with the real world.
As Anti Dismal says:
. . . Some Canadian farmers can’t make a living without regulation and protection, so they should be doing something else. Also the farmer’s lifestyle is costing Canadian taxpayer a huge amount. De-regulation would remove much of these costs to the Canadian taxpayer.
Hasn’t Metiria noticed that New Zealand de-regulated its farming in the 1980s, and yes some farmers went under, but today farming is better and stronger then it ever was under the old protection and regulation regime. . .
Kiwiblog nails it:
. . . So the NZ Green Party is against NZ dairy farmers being able to have fair access into Canada!!! Their concern is to protect inefficient subsidized Canadian farmers, not to help NZ farmers export more milk. . .
. . . The Greens basically don’t like trade. They voted against the FTA with China which has seen us export an extra $12 billion to China since it was signed. They want Canada to keep up its tariffs of up to 300%.
As the most remote developed country in the world, trade is vital to our future. Yet, the Greens want to kill it off. . .
The Green party wanted New Zealand farmers to subsidise New Zealand consumers when the price of milk increased here. Now they want Canadian taxpayers and consumers to keep subsidising Canadian farmers and keep New Zealand produce out of that market.
Any subsidies or protection is unfair and expensive to taxpayers, consumers and other producers.
This is the party which says it promotes fair trade but it doesn’t accept that if it’s not free it’s not fair.