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Canada puts global trade deal at risk to defend family-run dairies

Any TPP compromise by PM Harper could endanger his re-election in Oct polls
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 05:50
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A dairy farm in Granby, Quebec. Governments led by the US, New Zealand and Australia - three of the world's biggest dairy exporters - say opening markets would bring trade benefits and lower milk prices for TPP consumers. Canadian milk prices are 23 per cent higher than in the US.

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ON paper, it's not a fair fight: a dozen nations representing 40 per cent of the world's economic output versus 12,000 Canadian dairy farms.

But Canada's dairies are protected by some of the world's most restrictive agricultural trade barriers, which helped to stall