SURVEY: 56% Of Canadian Conservatives Want Supply Management Scrapped To Get Trade Deal With United States

Clear majority of Conservative voters willing to scrap the supply management system.

An Angus Reid survey shows that a clear majority of Conservatives support scrapping supply management to get a trade deal with the U.S.

The survey asked the following question: “What should be done with supply management? (If farmers are compensated for losses).”

56% of Conservatives picked “End supply management and trade related restrictions to secure a deal with the U.S.”

23% of Conservatives picked “Stand firm on supply management and trade related restrictions even if it means no deal.”

And 21% said they were “not sure” or “cant’t say” what their response would be.

These numbers put the Conservatives in a difficult position. Andrew Scheer has repeatedly said that he favour supply management, and has sought to silence any criticism of the supply management program from within the party.

However, he appears to offside with the Conservative base on this issue, something that led to the Bernier rebellion and move to form another conservative party.

The issue is also challenging for the Conservatives because it will make it tougher for them to criticize any (potential) concessions Justin Trudeau makes on supply management.

If Trudeau offers to lower supply management tariffs on dairy products from the U.S., many conservatives will think it’s the right thing to do – even while disagreeing with Trudeau and Freeland’s total overall incompetence on trade.

If Scheer then attacks Trudeau for making supply management concessions, he will be offside with the views of many Conservatives who support scrapping the system entirely to get a deal.

This shows the political danger in any leader going against the wishes of their core supporters on an issue getting lots of public attention, and Maxime Bernier will certainly bring attention to the gap between the Conservative base and the Conservative leadership on this issue.

Of course, the deeper issue on NAFTA is that Canada never should have been in such a vulnerable position. Canada almost certainly could have struck a bilateral deal with the U.S. a long-time ago – without making many concessions at all. But Trudeau rejected that opportunity, foolishly talked about “solidarity” with Mexico, and then went on a virtue-signalling tour that destroyed our leverage.

So, the real failure is the failure of Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland, and that far outweighs any divisions within Canada’s conservatives.

Still, those divisions are real when it comes to supply management, and at some point that issue will need to be addressed in order to ensure that the true views of Canadian Conservatives are represented.

Spencer Fernando

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NancyW

I agree that these cartel quota systems should be stopped, although now a days there is no job security anywhere, especially when self employed, but this forced expensive control over eggs, chicken and dairy help secure these few farmers incomes somewhat, it is very hard and expensive to break into these controlled markets, so it goes along with the Lieberal communist dictator style they are bringing in, it does not with democracy, freedom and independent Conservatives.(Scheer said less red tape,but is it only for the rich?) It is also very expensive to get into legalized organic farming or any farming… Read more »

Ron Voss

Shows the conservative base is smarter than the elite in the party when it comes to the question are you willing to sacrifice Canada’s economy in support of supply management. The Conservative establishment had an opportunity to get Scheer off the hook through having a motion of the grass roots approved to remove support for supply management. Instead they burned up time so that such a motion would not come up for a vote and according to the dairy cartel’s briefing notes, even if such motion had passed, that had assurance that the leader wouid not accept it. “O, what… Read more »

shawn harris

Since any leader of any political party is to be a true reflection of the members of that party, then Scheer must, irregardless of how much division or lost votes, honour the desires and beliefs of the Conservative Party.It may actually help to increase support for the party, amongst all voters. It really doesn’t matter one wit what Trudeau says or does, the public can clearly see the true benefits that will flow from the total removal of supply management. The dismantling and removal of supply management, will give all voters, a very much needed relief from paying more than… Read more »