Petition to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Canadian farmers produce the highest quality canola in the world;
There are more than 43,000 canola producers in Canada and the industry contributes almost $27 billion to the Canadian economy each year, including more than 250,000 Canadian jobs and $11 billion in wages;
Canadian farmers ship 40 per cent of their canola exports to Chinese markets;
The Canada-China canola crisis is a national economic emergency;
The Prime Minister has weakened Canada’s international reputation during his disastrous trip to India, his capitulation to Donald Trump during NAFTA negotiations and for his admiration of China’s basic dictatorship;
China has blocked all canola shipments from Canada without scientific evidence;
The Prime Minister continues mishandling the canola trade crisis with China;
The anxiety within Canada’s agriculture sector regarding the possibility other commodities could be targeted including soybeans and pork; and
The Minister of Agriculture has decided it is not the right time take the matter to World Trade Organization.
We, the undersigned, canola producers, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons to immediately launch a formal challenge at the World Trade Organization against China’s unilateral actions towards Canadian canola producers.
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