A Government that Destroys Food is Evil
That is not hyperbole. What else do you call forcing a farmer to destroy 30,000 liters of milk in a nation with too many hungry and poor people?
Why do the Left spend so much time and energy ruining people’s lives? It’s a fascinating question.
Right now in Canada, Prime Minister Trudeau’s government is encouraging poor people, er, sick people who are struggling with the cost of living, to commit suicide with governmental help while forcing staple foods like milk to be artificially expensive.
Milk in Canada is C$7.00 per liter.
There are 3.8 liters in a gallon.
Canadian milk costs C$26.60 per gallon, which is US$19.80 per gallon!
The Canadian government would rather force struggling single mothers to shell out almost Twenty American Dollars for a gallon of milk than allow farmers to produce more milk to bring the price down. Here in America, milk has reached $4 per gallon and people are screaming about it; that is one-fifth the Canadian price and Americans are appalled at the sticker shock.
Have a listen to this Canadian farmer who is so morally outraged that he has broken the wall of Socialist Silence Trudeau’s government has demanded.
Don’t take my word for it. Go check out food prices in Canada.
The Canadian Government has all kinds of boards and commissions and public sector power over food production. There is a whole helpful website that you can browse through if you have insomnia or if you are someone who understands markets and wants to jack up your blood pressure by seeing the appalling damage done by the never-ending bureaucratic conceit of “central planning:” Supply Management Systems (gov.on.ca)
Here is a fun extract:
The Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee (CMSMC) is the key policy decision making body under the National Milk Marketing Plan and oversees the national system for industrial milk (used to make dairy products such as cheese, butter, etc.). Somewhat different from the poultry and egg national systems, CMSMC is chaired by the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC), which is a federal crown corporation. CMSMC determines the national domestic supply of industrial milk and allocates this volume among provinces.
Since the inception of supply management, oversight and control of the fluid milk market (milk and cream consumers drink) has been a provincial jurisdiction. This includes production controls at the farm level. Since the mid 1990's, regional pooling agreements govern many aspects of production and, to a lesser extent, policies related to the allocation of milk to processors. The P5 Pool has a decision making body called the P5 Supervisory Body that includes representation from Ontario, Quebec and Maritime provinces. The P5 Pool is commonly referred to as a pool of producers. Producers in the pool share revenues, expenses and market adjustments (increases and decreases to quota). A similar regional pool exists in western Canada, called the Western Milk Pool, with membership of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) reviews industrial milk prices once per year, for implementation on February 1st. In making its pricing decisions, CDC reviews the advice of industry stakeholders, COP calculations, market conditions, the changing dairy environment, and the general economy. Since 2011, changes to fluid milk prices have been based on a national pricing formula. Annual changes are based on an equal weighting of the changes to the national Cost of Production and the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has price setting authority. Prices vary with the end use of the milk. DFO sets most prices based on those established by the national processes. The prices for milk used for further processing are established at the national level by CMSMC.
If you made it through that, congratulations. You may as a result now qualify for PTSD-related social services in Canada. Or assisted suicide.
If you’re lucky, you can take out a 2nd mortgage to afford a gallon of milk before you pass on.
The only human social mechanism that has ever consistently produced higher quality goods and services at consistently decreasing costs is the free market.
I have no idea why our friends north of the border loathe freedom, and given examples like this, why the Left side of the American political spectrum so desperately wants to emulate their top-down socialist control mechanisms.
If American Democrats want us to be more like Canada, they’re saying they want you to pay $20 for a gallon of milk.
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