I am pleased to see even some grits understand that the poor are disadvantaged by supply management. Unfortunately not all grits or even Tories agree.
Thursday was a red-letter day for Canadian policy nerds - bringing us not one, but two research reports on our antiquated agricultural supply-management system. And to no one's surprise, both documents urge substantial reform toward the more free market systems employed by the United States, Australia, New Zealand and other comparable Western nations.
Lest anyone presume that the reports originate with fringe laissez-faire purists, think again. The University of Calgary School of Public Policy analysis, "Supply Management: Problems, Politics and Possibilities," was authored by former Liberal leadership candidate Martha Hall Findlay. The other report, "Milking The System," was published by the respectable Macdonald-Laurier Institute (a synopsis appears on this page, under the bylines of Jason Clemens and Brian Lee Crowley).