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"Fear of Change" for Supply Management?
I learned of this news item from the Chicken Farmers of Canada ("CFC") in their Annual Report for 2013, on page 39. Therefore I'll let the CFC tell their story first, before I give my 2 cents worth.
"Chicken Farmers of Canada Chairman Dave Janzen and staff attended the 2013 Conservative Policy Convention held in Calgary from October 31st to November 2nd.Well! Wouldn't that have plucked the chicken had that proposal passed.
A contentious policy motion on Supply Management was brought forward in the economic policy session by the Electoral District Associations of Medicine Hat, Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont, Calgary Southeast, and Calgary—Nose Hill. It recommended a change in wording (and policy) that would move Conservative Party support away from supply management and towards a transition to something new. The motion was opposed by the Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz, and a group of Ontario MPs, including Gary Schellenberger. Minister Ritz was the first to speak and came out very strongly against the motion. He defended supply management and stated that it does not stifle innovation, is not a barrier to trade, and is not responsible for inflated prices. Many other MPs also spoke in support of supply management and voted against the motion, including the Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast. In the end, the motion was voted down 182 to 42, dying in the economic session before it could make it to the Policy Plenary Floor."
Assuming everybody voted, there were 224 delegates in total. If only 42 voted in favor, that's just 18.75% of them in favor of moving away from Supply Management ("SM"). Sounds like the lunatic fringe, but wait, there's more to this than meets the eye.
In reality, they are just about ready to be winners of their motion. Here's why.
Defeat, or Almost Victory?All great ideas start with one lunatic who asks why, then doesn't like the answer received. That lunatic pesters and bugs, and asks more foolish questions, until somebody else sees the light of day. Now we have a movement, for we have a leader and a follower. When we have gained our first follower, the movement has doubled in size. Doubling is what all great movements are all about.
The leader and follower of their movement keep pressing their issues. Eventually, they get 2 additional followers. They just doubled in size again.
For the CPC, they had 42 people convinced on the evils of SM in spite of the biggest guns the party coming to bear at point blank range to support SM in its moment of need.
42 votes in favor is equivalent to 6.39 doublings (eg. 1,2,4,8,16,32,64,...). To get 50%+1 vote so as to have a majority, they need 7.8 doublings. Therefore, in terms of doublings, which is the correct measurement for all movements that must grow exponentially or die, these lunatic upstarts are already 81.9% towards their goal. If these lunatic upstarts tripped and fell over in the right direction, they'd be across the finish line with their majority.
Does the #ChickenMafia realize how narrowly they dodged the bullet? No wonder they sent their biggest gun, David Janzen, CFC Chairman to the PC Convention for 3 days of schmoozing with their political masters.
Champagne Time, CFC?
While the CFC and all SM people can dismiss these people as lunatic upstarts, I'm not so quick to dismiss them. CFC said,
"Since 2011, there has been an increasing amount of sustained and largely negative attention to Canada's supply Management System on a scale to which we are unaccustomed."
Maybe CFC is ready to pop the champagne corks to celebrate their defeat of the lunatic fringe. Maybe that's why the CFC and most of the provincial SM boards have teamed up to respond to the growing tsunami against SM in Canada. You know they're worried when CFC:
- Hire a media consultant;
- Get busy on the social media portals of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterist, and others; and
- Install a full-time person as Public Relations Officer.
You can send these 4 lunatic CPC Riding Associations your heart-felt thanks for trying to improve things for Canadians:
CPC Electoral District Associations who lead Anti-SM Campaign
- Medicine Hat email@example.com
- Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont firstname.lastname@example.org
- Calgary Southeast email@example.com
- Calgary—Nose Hill firstname.lastname@example.org