Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Grande Prairie – Mackenzie, joined Conservative MPs in providing a plan to solve the Canada-China canola crisis after months of inaction by the Liberal government.
“We have three immediate and concrete steps that will put us on track to restore the canola trade with China,” Warkentin said. “Along with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, I’m calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to do the following: first, appoint an ambassador to China; secondly, increase emergency financial aid for producers; and finally launch a formal trade complaint against China.”
“Prime Minister Trudeau failed to improve trade relations with China even after spending Canadian tax dollars on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. This experiment has failed and it’s time to pull out Canada’s $256 million funding and put it to work for Canadians when we elect a Conservative government this fall.”
“A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will work to restore market access for canola, but also for Canadian producers that have lost out because of restrictions placed on Canadian durum wheat in Italy, pulses in India, and wheat in Vietnam.”
“Canadians can’t afford to keep paying for Prime Minister Trudeau’s lack of judgment and ineffective leadership,” Warkentin said. “Our producers deserve a government that defends Canada’s security and economic interests. Justin Trudeau has failed to do either.”