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Video "Feed our own people first"
A growing number of individuals and organizations in Quebec civil society and agricultural producers’ associations all over the world are interested in supply management and support this farming model.
In a video produced in October 2005, many Quebec, Canadian and international public figures express their opinion on the inalienable right of countries to food sovereignty and call for the precedence of this right over any agricultural trade agreement. The video also presents testimonials by dairy and poultry producers to the benefits of supply management.
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Biographies notes of the persons appearing on the video
In 1983, Ronald, Serge and Fernand Alary joined their father in order to eventually take over the dairy farm in Sainte-Sophie-des-Laurentides. Together, they began a transition program toward biological farming that led to its field certification in 1999 and a dairy producer certificate in 2000. The family business then integrated another generation of farmers with Caroline, Frédérick and Gabriel. Since 2003, the Alarys have been operating the cheese plant Les Fromagiers de la Table Ronde in order to process a portion of the milk from their farm. Involved in international cooperation, Ronald Alary worked in Peru for two years and continues to be active in UPA International Development. He participated in a project in Salvador and takes in trainees on his farm every year.
Gilles Arsenault and his wife, Sylvie Benoît, began raising broiler chickens in 1993, buying their quota and building the poultry houses that allow them to raise their 170,000 broiler chickens every year. Their farm, located in Acton Vale in Montérégie, also produces small fruits. Mr. Arsenault appreciates the fact that collective marketing of chicken products guarantees him a market outlet for his product every year, as well as an income. His farm was one of the first in Québec to receive certification from the Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program, which he obtained in 2005.
Claude Béland is an attorney and member of the Barreau du Québec. He is currently an professor at the School of Management Sciences of the Université du Québec à Montréal and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the chaire Économie et Humanisme, the first to hold that title. This position soon became the Chaire de la responsabilité sociale des entreprises et du développement durable. Serving the Fédération des caisses d'économie du Québec since 1971, Mr. Béland became its Director General in 1979. Appointed Deputy Chairman of the Dejardins Group in 1986, he was elected Chairman of the Group in 1987, a position he held until his departure in 2000.
Second Vice President of the Fédération des producteurs d’œufs de consommation du Québec, Paulin Bouchard owns the Paulin Bouchard Farm Inc. in Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce. The farm has a 22,000 laying hens. An ardent defender of supply management, he took over his parent’s (Thérèse and Ludger Bouchard) farm at the age of 22 and hopes that his children will do the same. Paulin is the second generation of Bouchards to operate this business, which produces table eggs. In addition to his involvement in the farm union, he is a director of a cooperative in St-Gédéon-de-Beauce and participates, along with his spouse Michelle, in the activities of several local organizations.
Mayor of the city of Saint-Georges-de-Beauce and member of the Board of Directors of the Union des municipalités du Québec, Roger Carette believes in developing partnerships to create jobs and joint action to accomplish the goals that have been set and to succeed. He was Director General of the Chaudière regional school board and founder of the Centre intégré de mécanique industrielle de la Chaudière. He has initiated and successfully led many joint representations at the various levels of government and at colleges and universities and businesses in his region.
Stuart Clark is the Senior Counselor to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB), a charity acting on behalf of 13 Christian communities in Canada. Assisting the world’s poorest, to date, the CFB has sent 944,000 tons of food to populations suffering from malnutrition, thanks to donations collected from Canadians. Mr. Stuart is considered an expert on all matters related to fair global trade, since he has been actively involved for over thirty years in the agri-food system, food aid, agriculture and right-to-food issues.
A leading man of the theatre and an established actor, Pierre Curzi has acted in Denys Arcand’s films Le Déclin de l’empire américain and Les Invasions barbares. Passionate about theatre, he is also involved in improving artists’ conditions. Mr. Curzi is President of the Union des artistes, Co-President of the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity and Vice President of the International Federation of Actors. He is very involved in political, social, economic and cultural issues. He fights for cultural diversity and against the subjection of cultural policies to the constraints of global trade.
L’Étendard Farm Inc. is specialized in the turkey and field crop production in Saint-Félix-de-Valois, in the Lanaudière region. This family farm is in its fifth generation, represented by Marielle Fafard and her husband, Yvan Poirier. Ms. Fafard is concerned by World Trade Organization negotiations and the next generation of farmers. That is the reason why she is involved in a variety of activities that promote the profession, which also allow her to promote supply management. In addition, Ms. Fafard is intensely involved in the recruiting activities of the GO5 Coalition in her area.
N’Diogou Fall and his family operate a small 10-hectar farm in Risso, a village near to Thiès in the groundnut basin of Senegal. In addition to groundnut and millet cultivation, he raises some cows and sheep. Mr. Fall is Secretary General of the Fédération des organisations non gouvernementales du Sénégal, a farmer organization with 3,500 Senegalese village groups and 150,000 active members. He is also the President of the Regroupement des organisations paysannes et des producteurs agricoles de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA). Founded in July 2000, ROPPA brings together the cooperation organizations and agencies in 10 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo).
Mark Fried is Communications and Advocacy Coordinator for Oxfam Canada. He is also Co-Chair of the Oxfam International Trade Policy Committee, a federation of 12 international development organizations that are working to rectify the fundamental causes of poverty and injustice through humanitarian aid and development and policy defense planning in 120 countries around the world.
Daniel-Mercier Gouin is a professor in the agri-food economics and consumer sciences department of Université Laval in Quebec City. Since 1999, he has served as Director of the Groupe de recherche en économie et politique agricoles and, since 2004, has held the position of Chaire en analyse de la politique agricole et de la mise en marché collective at Université Laval. Mr. Gouin is the author of a study evaluating the performance of supply management in dairy production in Canada, which compares it to other models in force in five countries.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in the region of Sarnia, Ontario, today Carolynne Griffith runs a table egg farm with her husband Art. Their table egg farm has 27,000 laying hens and is located in Petrolia, near to Sarnia. Mrs. Griffith is also President of the Ontario Egg Producers Association and member of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission. Mrs. Griffith is President of FarmGate5, a coalition of organizations and individuals in Ontario dedicated to promoting and defending supply management.
Engineer and Doctor of Genetics and Human Biology, Albert Jacquard has taught in several universities in France and abroad. An agricultural agent, humanist, philosopher and author of several books, Mr. Jacquard has traveled the world in an effort to raise public awareness of the challenges in contemporary science, while actively participating in major topical debates on the responsibilities of humans with regard to their destiny. He has been awarded a honoris causa doctorate from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and the Université de Moncton.
Roger D. Landry
Roger D. Landry left his mark on written media in Québec and Canada as President and Editor of the daily La Presse and Trans-Canada newspapers, in addition to serving as Chair of the Conseil de la presse canadienne and several national communications associations. Mr. Landry has actively supported a number of causes based on social, cultural and education development. He served as President of the Opéra de Montréal and held other offices for that organization. His professional and social contribution has earned him the highest distinctions, including an honoris causa doctorate from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Currently in retirement, Mr. Landry lives in Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan in Mauricie and raises horses.
Since 1999, Martine Laporte, 30, and her spouse Mario Arbour have been co-shareholders of the La Ferme aux Quatre Vents, located in Sainte-Béatrix in the Lanaudière region, with Martine’s father, Lucien Laporte. The farm, specialized since 1988 in hatching egg production, has two laying houses each accommodating 12,400 hens. Annual egg production is approximately 1.8 million. The chicks from the eggs are raised into broiler chickens. The Ferme aux Quatre Vents also has 750 roosters and 6,200 replacement pullets, which each have their own a laying nest.
President of the Groupe pour une économie solidaire, he has a degree in Theology and Social Work from the Université de Montréal. At the beginning of his career, he worked as a social worker in a working-class neighborhood in Montreal before making a career in organized labour. Next, he served as Chair of the Conseil central de Montréal de la Confédération des syndicats nationaux, and then as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. In 1983, he became President of the CSN, a position he held until 1999. In 1990, he participated in the work of the Bélanger-Campeau Commission on the future of Québec. Since1999, he has been teaching at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
After holding several offices on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of La Coop fédérée since 1993, Denis Richard has been serving as its President since February 2003. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Olymel. A farmer since 1979, Mr. Richard has co-owned and operated with his spouse, Raymonde Pouliot, a farm located in Leclercville in the Lotbinière region that is exclusively dedicated to grain cultivation since 2000. Mr. Richard has a seat on the Conseil de la coopération du Québec, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the Filière agroalimentaire du Québec ands the Société de coopération pour le développement international.
Mgr Raymond St-Gelais
Born in Baie-Saint-Paul on March 23, 1936, Mgr Raymond Saint-Gelais completed classical studies at the Saint-Hyacinthe Seminary and majored in Theology at the higher seminary in the same city. He was ordained priest on June 12, 1960 and continued his studies in Rome from 1963 to 1966, where he earned a Licentiate in Theology and Holy Scripture. Mgr St-Gelais held various clerical positions in Saint-Hyacinthe from 1960 to 1980 until he was ordained Catholic bishop of Saint-Jérôme, a position he held until 1988. Bishop of Nicolet since 1989, Mgr Raymond St-Gelais was President of the Assemblée des évêques du Québec from 2001 to September 2005.
Jean-François Sneessens has been the Secretary General of the Belgian Confederation of Beet Growers since 1981. He is also an economics professor at the Université catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve. His main focus is agricultural policy. Mr. Sneessens is the author of several publications, including: Le problème agricole et sa réponse politique (1983), Le Manifeste de la St- Hubert: Gatt, Agriculture et Société (1993), et Stratégie pour une agriculture rurale (1996). Interested particularly in agricultural policy with respect to international cooperation, he has participated in many international meetings of farmer organizations from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. In addition, he participated in the Dakar Declaration (2003).
Laurent Souligny has been an egg farmer since 1983 in Eastern Ontario, with his spouse and their son. The farm has 17,000 laying hens. The Soulignys are also field crop farmers. Since March 2000, Mr. Souligny has been President of the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency after serving as Vice President for a number of years and sitting on its Board of Directors for six years as the Ontario representative. Mr. Souligny has been very active, especially as a member of the Appeal Committee of Farm Credit Canada and on the Farm Debt Review Board and was previously President of the Glengarry Agricultural Society.