Canadian canola contributes over $25 billion to the Canadian economy annually – more than 250,000 jobs and $11 billion in wages. Over 43,000 producers grow it. Approximately 40% of Canadian canola exports go to China, worth $3.5 billion.
Now, canola producers are caught up in a diplomatic dispute between Canada and China that has nothing to do with them. The Chinese government is determined to interfere with the extradition of a Huawei executive to the U.S. for criminal charges. Now, China has cancelled Canadian canola import permits using a familiar but phony excuse of insect infestation.
Canadian agricultural producers are once again paying for Justin Trudeau’s failures on the world stage. Last year it was lentils, now it’s canola. It’s time for Justin Trudeau to stand up for Canada’s canola industry and the tens of thousands of jobs by demanding that the Chinese government stop these baseless actions.
Once again, Justin Trudeau is missing in action while Canadians pay for his expensive mistakes.
David Anderson, MP