Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Andrew Scheer says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not doing enough to clear up the stuck canola shipments to China and wants Trudeau to initiate a World Trade Organization challenge sooner that later.
“It has been four months since China announced it would ban Canadian imports of canola, and Justin Trudeau hasn’t lifted a finger in response. He must act now. The measures I call on him to take will provide much-needed relief to Canadian canola farmers and start to undo the damage he has caused with his weak and naïve approach to China,” says Scheer in a press release.
The Conservative leader says that Trudeau is not being tough enough with China, while insisting that this canola issue is still a technical one. There are some rumblings that other crop types could be impacted by this political wrangling too, just as farmers are headed to plant this year’s crop.
Scheer says a WTO challenge is necessary, and is also pushing for the prime minister to appoint an ambassador to China. He also supports Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe’s ask for immediate changes to the Advance Payment Program to help farmers now. Changes to the program — including increasing the cap and interest-free portion — are well within Canada’s power to do, Scheer says, and aren’t contingent on any other government or country’s approval.
Scheer adds that if elected prime minister in the upcoming election he would pull all funding for infrastructure projects in China currently funded through the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.