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MacAulay defends CETA plan for dairy industry

Federal government support for the dairy industry will ensure it will remain competitive under CETA, Canada's new trade agreement with Europe, says Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

Ottawa has promised $350M in support for industry

The dairy industry will receive $350 million to prepare it for business after CETA comes into effect. (Canadian Press)

Federal government support for the dairy industry will ensure it will remain competitive under CETA, Canada's new trade agreement with Europe, says Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

CETA will provide new export opportunities for agriculture, says Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

MacAulay was responding to a question in the House of Commons from Quebec NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau. Brosseau said Quebec producers are not happy with the government's plan, and they are looking for another $750 million.

"This government supports dairy farmers and supply management. CETA is certainly an important deal for farmers and it will provide additional export opportunities," said MacAulay.

"[We will] make sure that the dairy farmers and supply management and our processors in this sector will be able to deal with CETA when it comes into play and will be competitive."

The new funding will help with technology and modernizing operations, but it will not include a lump sum compensation for lost income. Under CETA, the government will allow more dairy products to be imported from Europe.

With files from Island Morning

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