Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pullets Pooched

Better Farming broke the story that the Pullet Growers application to join the millionaire's club of Supply Management has been denied.

I can imagine that Andy DeWeerd and his team are quite disappointed with the news.  The Egg Farmers chipped in huge piles of cash to fund this application.  Unless Andy and an army of paid lobbyists can change the Minister's mind, it will be money thrown away, added to the bill that egg consumers will be eventually billed through higher egg prices.

Small Flock Poultry Farmers of Canada raised a number of important issues, see our Blog postings:

Small Flockers also made a submission to the government hearings, but our comments were too late to be entered on the record (at least officially).

Perhaps Andy (or his successor) will re-work their application by fixing the many fatal flaws that we and others identified in the Pullet Marketing Board application, and re-submit their application. 

Maybe they will give up.

From this vantage point, it appears that the tide has turned on Supply Management in Canada.  It's all down hill from here.

No imperial system lasts forever; most are 200 years or less (see Empires with Expiration Dates). The longest surviving empire was the Roman Empire in the East, active from death of the Emperor Theodosius in 395 AD, till the sack of Byzantium by the Ottoman Turks in 1453 AD, a total of 1,058 years.  One of the shortest was Canada's Joe Clark, who ruled the Canadian Parliament for just 65 days (sworn in on June 4, 1979, but Parliament only started sitting on  Oct. 9th, and a non-confidence vote ended his reign on Dec. 13, 1979 for a total of 65 days in power).

The really bad ideas, like Supply Management, will burn out far sooner, perhaps around the 50 year point which they recently celebrated (or soon will).

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