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Liberal response to Chinese canola dispute another example of agriculture file failure

By Conservative MP Luc Berthold      

Grit members of the House International Trade Committee recently blocked the foreign minister from appearing to talk about restoring Chinese market access for canola.

Shuffling out the former minister of agriculture, Lawrence MacAulay, in the midst of uncertainty in the agriculture sector will bring even more unpredictability to a sector of the Canadian economy that depends on a stable and predictable hand at the wheel, writes Luc Berthold. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canadian-grown canola is an essential part of Canada’s agriculture sector. According to the Canola Council of Canada, 90 per cent of canola grown in Canada is exported as seed, oil, or meal to 50 markets around the world. Approximately 40 per cent of those exports go to China, a market valued at more than $3.5-billion annually. Market access for exports is the lifeblood of Canada’s canola industry. But due to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s failure to manage Canada’s relationship with China, this market is now in jeopardy.

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