Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Canada raises canola issue at WTO

Canada has raised the issue of China’s ban on Canadian canola at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Stephen deBoer, Canada’s ambassador to the WTO, challenged China to produce evidence that it did, indeed, find pests in canola shipments and to allow Canadian scientists to check.

He said Canada wants to meet with China in good faith to discuss its concerns.

However, so far the Chinese have stone-walled and they have thrown sand in the trade gears of other Canadian commodities, such as pork and soybeans.

Bernadette Jordan, Canada’s Minister of Rural Economic Development, said it would be welcome if the United States would raise Canada’s trade troubles with China during negotiations in Washington this week.