Ritz & Anderson: Liberals Unable to Deliver Long Term Solution

March 31, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, ON – Yesterday, the Liberals announced that Canadian pulse exports destined for India will continue to be exempt from an import regulation requiring crop fumigation until June 30, 2017. In response, the Hon. Gerry Ritz, Official Opposition Critic for International Trade, and David Anderson, Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture, issued the following statement:

“While this short extension is welcome, the Liberal government’s failure to secure a long term exemption has created uncertainty in the Canadian pulse sector. With fall access to their largest market still in jeopardy, farmers are facing a difficult decision – do they plant fewer crops this year or risk having no one to buy them?

“Similar to how the government mishandled the canola crisis last year, Liberal Ministers are once again demonstrating their ineffectiveness when encountering trade barriers. The uncertainty for farmers and exporters will remain until the Liberals take this issue seriously and deliver a long term solution.

“As the Liberals push forward on a free trade deal with India, the pulse industry remains in limbo. How can Canadians trust this government to negotiate a beneficial free trade agreement when they can’t secure long term access to the Indian market for Canadian pulse exporters?”

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For more information:

Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz, MP
613-995-7080

Office of David Anderson, MP
(613) 992-0657 or (306) 778-4480