Stop the OPEC of Maple SyrupPublished on February 05, 2018
Let me tell you about something crazy that is going on.
Do you know about the Quebec Federation of Maple Syrup Producers? It operates similarly to the old Canadian Wheat Board but for maple syrup.
It’s an organization that has the monopoly on maple syrup sales in the province of Quebec and forces all producers to sell their product to ONE single buyer. Itself.
A recent report ordered by the Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food described the Federation as "the OPEC of maple syrup."
It’s not just a Quebec issue. The Federation got their power thanks to a decree by the federal government. And all Canadians are paying more for maple syrup because of this cartel.
This crazy story even made it to Netflix; it’s in episode 5 of the documentary series “Dirty Money.” A maple syrup producer from my riding of Beauce who was interviewed for this Netflix episode can tell you all about this cartel.
Angèle Grenier thought that we lived in a free country where there is free trade between provinces, as article 121 of our Constitution guarantees.
“121. All Articles of the Growth, Produce, or Manufacture of any one of the Provinces shall, from and after the Union, be admitted free into each of the other Provinces.”
But this so-called “Federation” doesn’t care about our freedoms. They sued her because she sold her syrup in New Brunswick herself instead of going through them. They say she is an outlaw because of that. She’s had to pay HUGE fines. Over $300,000 in total plus $150,000 in lawyers' fees.
From my point of view, the law should be changed so that it is the Federation, not people like Angèle Grenier, who will be considered an outlaw. In a free society, such controlling and authoritarian organizations should not exist.
Many other honest and hard-working maple syrup producers are being persecuted like Angèle Grenier.
We need to defend the ordinary people who are being bullied by CARTELS with the support of government bureaucrats.
I am one of the only MPs actively talking about this and other critical issues in Ottawa. Today, I’m asking you to help me uphold article 121 of our Constitution.
Donate $121, $12.10 or $1.21, or whatever you can today.
Thanks for your continuous and generous support,