Let’s stand with our dairy farmers

Progressive Conservative leadership candidate and Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin is urging all of her fellow leadership candidates to stand with the more than 200 Nova Scotia dairy farmers in the current Canada-US trade dispute.

“Supply management is essential to ensuring we make our own milk in Nova Scotia,” said Smith-McCrossin.  “At a time when some Canadians suggest we do away with supply management, it’s time for all PC leadership candidates to speak with one voice in support of our province’s dairy farmers and the supply management policy.”

Although domestic food security has been a key issue for Smith-McCrossin in her leadership campaign, supporting dairy farmers is also something she’s believed in her entire life.  Her father was of one Cumberland County’s approximately 30 dairy farmers, before selling it after the children were grown.

“Being a dairy farmer is hard work, but allowed my Dad to raise a family on his own after my Mom passed away when I was quite young,” added Smith-McCrossin.  “At a time when many rural communities are struggling, the PC Party needs to be resolute in standing with such important players in our rural economy as our dairy farmers.”

This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with dairy farmers to reassure them of the federal government’s support for supply management.  In an interview with NBC last week, Trudeau suggested he was willing to offer supply management as a concession to free trade talks with US President Donald Trump.

“We must be clear and unambiguous in support of our dairy farmers and I’m sure my fellow leadership candidates will feel the same way,” added Smith-McCrossin.

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