The finalisation of the Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP), a free-trade agreement and one of Harper’s last accomplishments in office, has led many to believe that the Canadian dairy industry could either be radically transformed or destroyed. The agreement, a trade pact between 12 countries, would allow foreign producers access to the Canadian market. Cheaper foreign competition and a decrease in prices could mark the end of a historically protected industry from the global economy. The show will investigate the consequences of the TPP and its impact on dairy farmers.

Show Guests

Sylvain Charlebois, Professor, College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph

Charlebois is considered an expert on food and agriculture policies both within Canada and abroad. He has authored almost 200 peer-reviewed publications, written four books. His research has been featured in a number of publications including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, and the Globe & Mail.

Laura Dawson, founder of Dawson Strategic and Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Centre

Dawson has more than fifteen years’ experience providing advice to businesses and government around the world on trade, regulatory, and border issues. The Hill Times named her one of the Top 100 Canadian foreign policy influencers of 2014. She is the Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC and continues to serve as emeritus advisor of Dawson Strategic.

Yves Leduc, Director, International Trade at Dairy Farmers of Canada at the ‎Dairy Farmers of Canada

Show Credits

Luke Adams & Emilie De Monte, Hosts
Mohamad Yaghi, Show Producer
Fiona Downey, Chase Producer
Richard Tang & Kelley Prendergast, Technical Producers
Nirmalan Vijeyakumar, Executive Producer

Music Credits

Bring Down the House, Dean Brody
The Veldt, Deadmau5

Photo Credit

CC BY-NC-SA 2.0/ Flickr