Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Partly Sunny With Chance of Isolated Chickens

From the "you can't have it both ways" department, the good folks over at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, which according to their website receives funding from the following Canadian government agencies:
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • China Council for International Coooperation on Environment & Development (under CIDA)
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • Environment Canada
  • Human Resources Development Canada
  • Indian & Northern Affairs
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Western Economic Diversification
are getting a little worried. Seems that there is some international pressure mounting to open up our controlled agricultural markets.
Canadian Agricultural Practices on WTO Block: Trade talks in Hong Kong take aim at wheat, dairy and poultry

Canada should probably support this effort from an international development perspective. But it might mean trouble for the supply-managed sectors, as it would breach the wall of protection that keeps them safe. We might see a flood of poultry imports from poor Caribbean nations, for example.
What's a liberal to do when your esteemed price-fixing supply-control boards come under attack because of your multilateral multicult globalist good-guy philosophy returns to bite you on your behind?

Mind you, outraged by the spate of shootings in Toronto, I would be happy if a flood of chickens was the worst thing we ended up importing from the Caribbean.