Top court declines to hear Quebec maple syrup case, system allowed to continue

By The Canadian Press
June 8, 2017 - 12:00pm

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court has refused to hear two appeals from opponents of Quebec's maple syrup rules and allowed the system which controls production in the province to continue.

Angele Grenier, a maple producer in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce, says she has a "heavy heart" after hearing the high court's decision.

The defeat is bitter for the farmer, who has been fighting for years in court to sell her maple syrup to anyone she wants.

She has accused Quebec's maple syrup federation of being a "monopoly" that could result in Quebec losing its 70 per cent market share to Ontario, New Brunswick and the U.S.

Paul Rouillard, acting director of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, says it will now push to have the critics work within the system.

He says it is democratic institution that represents 7,300 maple syrup companies who vote on collective marketing decisions.

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