Quebecs Maple Syrup Producers Win Supreme Court Decision

The model requiring producers to transit through the Federation of Québec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ) to sell their maple syrup remains in place.

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The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday refused to hear two similar cases related to this issue, notably the one dealt with by Angèle Grenier. The producer, which operates a sugar bush in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce, has been fighting the courts to sell its maple syrup since 2014.

By refusing to hear his appeal and that of another maple producer, the highest court in the country confirms the continuation of the current regime. Last July, the Quebec Court of Appeal rejected Angèle Grenier’s argument that sales of maple syrup sold outside of Quebec were governed by federal rules and not by the FPAQ.

The producer accuses the federation of exercising a “monopoly” that could cause Quebec to lose market share in favor of Ontario, New Brunswick and the United States. These jurisdictions, argue Angèle Grenier, do not put spoils in the wheels of maple producers. Affiliated with the Union des producteurs agricoles, the FPAQ is made up of 7300 Quebec maple syrup producers, accounting for nearly 70% of the world’s maple syrup production.

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About the Author: Marcus Suban

Marcus is a reporter on the Political Capital team focusing on money in politics. Before joining Canadian Business Tribune, he worked as a researcher and writer for the Institute for Northern Studies at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay Ontario and as a freelance journalist in Toronto, having been published by over 20 outlets including CBC, the Center for Media and Democracy,The Huffington Post, Salon, Truthout and VICE.com.

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