Gerry Ritz, You Promised! Is or Isn't Canada Conforming to UPOV 91?

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Opinion

After watching the throne speech yesterday I quickly remembered back to a conversation that I had with Gerry Ritz back in January at Farmtech regarding Canada implementing UPOV 91. (Canada’s plant breeder’s rights system is currently based on the 1978 convention). On several occasions Minister Ritz was very confident Canada would conform to the UPOV 91 convention by the end of 2013, end of story. Well, it’s October and the clock and calendar are really starting to tick away.  In the throne speech, UPOV 91 was not mentioned at all which has many speculating that it has fallen down the…

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