Ruth Ellen Brosseau tables motion to protect cheese producers

OTTAWA – Official Opposition deputy Agriculture critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) tabled a motion today in the House of Commons to ensure that the Conservatives uphold their promise to compensate cheese producers, who may be overlooked in the ratification of the Canada-EU trade agreement.   

“I have met with many cheese producers personally and I can definitely say that they’re concerned,” said Brosseau. “These are women and men who have worked tirelessly to build their businesses and create an important industry in Quebec’s economy. The federal government can’t just abandon them.”

Last fall, several cheese producers from across the country -- especially from Quebec -- shared their concerns when the Conservatives announced that they had reached a trade agreement with the European Union.

Several months later, the Conservatives are still refusing to release the details of the agreement in Parliament and they avoided proposing any compensation in the latest federal budget.