August 14, 2017

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Q1. Under a system called “supply management”, the government of Canada keeps most foreign dairy products out of Canada, sets a limit on the level of dairy production in Canada, and allocates guaranteed milk production and sales quotas to every qualified dairy farmer. This provides a stable and profitable economic situation for dairy farmers and the dairy industry as a whole.

However, it also means dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt are 2 to 3 times more expensive in Canada than in some other countries. Do you…. [ROTATE]


Q2. Currently Canada cannot sell dairy products to markets like the US, China and Mexico, where demand for them is growing, because our trading partners have made the case that our dairy industry supply management does not meet global trade rules. Do you… [ROTATE]

Web Editor’s Note: It has been pointed out that this question suggests that Canada cannot sell any dairy products to markets like the US, China and Mexico. The fact is that there are internationally negotiated limits on the amounts of certain types of dairy products that may be sold to these markets. It is possible that the limited information could have influenced some responses and we advise readers to bear this in mind.



Q3. Donald  Trump has recently joined other US State and Federal lawmakers – both Republican and Democrat – as well as other countries like New Zealand and Australia – who have all been consistently clear that ending Canadian supply management and gaining greater access to Canada’s market for milk, cheese, and other dairy products is important to them. The US has said that getting a new deal on dairy products will be a top priority for them in re-negotiating NAFTA.


Please select the statement below that best reflects your point of view on how strongly the Trudeau government should defend Canada’s system of dairy industry supply management amongst the range of issues at the NAFTA negotiating table. [SELECT ONE]



These results are from a provincially-representative Canada-wide study of 1,000 online respondents conducted by NRG Research Group from May 11 to May 14, 2017. NRG purchased online panel sample from Research Now, a long-established, reputable research panel provider with an extensive panel list numbering over half a million panelists in Canada. The poll was conducted in English and French. Results were weighted to reflect the actual age and gender distribution in each region.

Since the research is conducted online using panel sample, it is considered to be a non-probability sample and therefore, margins of error are not applicable. For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of a survey size of 1,000 cases with this sample plan would carry a margin of error of approximately +/- 3.2 percent, 19 times out of 20 for the total sample.


Andrew Enns