MEDICINE HAT – Glen Motz, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, says Canada’s month-long trade dispute with China over revoked canola seed export permits could have catastrophic impacts on Canadian farmers, including locally.
“With 40 per cent of Canada’s overall canola product exported to China representing $2.7 billion to Canada’s economy in 2018, the impact of cancelling permits held by two major Canadian exporters is felt across the country,” he stated, noting, “Our region sees thousands of acres planted under canola each spring, leaving producers in limbo with the planting season imminent.”
“ China has blocked Canadian exports because of Justin Trudeau’s leadership shortfalls and bungling of Canada’s bilateral relationship with the country’s second largest trading partner, Motz said. “Our agricultural industry cannot afford to deteriorate any further, given the monetary impact of trade impediments thus far; the time to act is now,” he said.
Conservative members on the all-party Agriculture and Agri-Food committee called for and were granted an emergency meeting, scheduled for March 29, to discuss how to get the embargo lifted. “We are demanding answers,” Motz stated. “Because international trade is far too important to ignore, yet that is what the Trudeau government is doing.”
With one in eight Canadian jobs tied to agriculture, this and other trade disputes have far reaching impacts beyond canola producers.
“Over the past few years, Trudeau’s failure to show leadership on the world stage has been detrimental to Canada’s economy reflected in agricultural trade erosion,” Motz said, citing India, one of Canada’s largest importers of Canadian pulses began hiking tariffs on peas and lentils in 2017, strict country of origin labelling rules resulted in a drop of Canadian Durum wheat imports to Italy, and Saudi Arabia terminated the purchase of Canadian wheat and barley, all due to political issues.
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