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Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #46 — Wally Smith

Protects Big Dairy’s turf

Wally Smith, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada
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#46: Wally Smith

President, Dairy Farmers of Canada

Why he matters: Protects Big Dairy’s turf

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Canada’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade deal has brought supply management, which imposes high import tariffs on dairy and poultry products, to the fore. Worried about foreign goods flooding the market, industry associations like Wally Smith’s Dairy Farmers of Canada pushed the government to safeguard their interests. Smith, himself a dairy farmer from B.C., has been active in Ottawa, lobbying officials and MPs involved with agriculture and trade. Little wonder that supply management will largely remain in place, and that the feds promised a $4.3-billion fund to compensate farmers who might lose out because of the TPP.

More of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People:

▲ #45 Victor Dodig
▼ #47 Garry Reece