There's a lot of interest in a private members bill put forward by Bloc Quebecois MP Luc Thériault.

Bill C-282 is a bill to amend the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Act - relating to supply management.

The bill would legislate the protection of supply-managed sectors in Canada by ensuring the federal government does not make market access concessions in future trade deals for supply-managed products like dairy, eggs and poultry.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has come out in support of the Bill.

Mary Robinson, President of the CFA says by voting for this Bill, politicians will be able to show their true support for supply-managed farmers and allow those farmers to rely on the law rather than rhetoric. 

"It can be frustrating to watch promises fizzle when push comes to shove, and supply-managed farmers have seen successive governments renege on their promise to not allow further market access for supply-managed products."

The CFA points out that significant concessions have been made in recent trade agreements like CETA, CPTPP and CUSMA.

When the North American free trade deal was reviewed a few years ago, U.S. officials insisted on dairy concessions in order to reach a final agreement. 

Dan Darling with the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance says the United States for sure didn't get what they wanted as far as concessions on supply management, but there was a little bit of give and take and we're able to move on with it. 

"There has to be a little bit of wiggle room in negotiations, not giving up the farm by any means, but a little bit of wiggle room."

Darling says Bill C-282 would put severe limitations on Canadian negotiators to reach future trade deals.