Barton as ambassador to China is what agriculture needs

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Opinion

Canada’s relationship with China is complicated — it involves extradition, unlawful retribution arrests, non-tariff barriers, fake CFIA documents, and a spying telecom company. In the months since the recall of former Canadian ambassador to China John McCallum, the agriculture industry has been waiting very impatiently for a new ambassador. Agriculture’s hope has been that a proper ambassador on the ground in China is a key step to regaining market access back to 2017 levels. The former ambassador to China, John McCallum was overly sympathetic to China, but appeared sloppy in commentary, not really respected on Bay Street, constantly offside with…

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