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Bernier’s frank talk on supply management starts Tory leadership race on right foot

By Angelo Persichilli      

It is typical Maxime Bernier: very practical, direct, and never afraid to debate his ideas. Expect more of this during the balance of the leadership campaign.

Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier is right that supply-managed farming has no place in a free-trading country like Canada, writes Angelo Persichilli. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

TORONTO—During my previous political job, I had the opportunity to talk and privately meet many people in Ottawa, including then ministers of the former government of Stephen Harper. I learned a lot during those meetings and I had a chance to know good people and politicians. One of those who impressed me the most was Maxime Bernier. I had a lunch meeting with him that lasted over an hour, but the business talk lasted less then 15 minutes.

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