Selkirk, MB – James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman and Shadow Minister for National Defence, released the following statement regarding the recent Chinese import ban of all Canadian meat products:
“I am furious with Justin Trudeau’s repeated incompetence in handling Canada’s relationship with China. We have been dealing with increasing bans on agriculture exports to China since March and the Liberal government is no closer to regaining market access.
“Now, media are reporting that the Chinese government will ban the imports of all Canadian meat, citing food safety concerns. This is tremendous market loss for our producers. In the last year, Canada exported almost $374-million worth of pork, beef, and veal meat to China.
“This is not an issue of food safety. Conservatives know that Canadian farmers produce some of the highest quality meat in the world. This is an issue with Justin Trudeau’s complete lack of leadership on the world stage. Beijing views him as weak and continues to take advantage of that by banning our canola, soy and now meat exports.
“Justin Trudeau needs to personally raise this issue with President Xi Jinping at the G20 on Friday. We need to see him stand up to the Chinese government and demand that they remove these non-tariff trade barriers.
“Conservatives understand the importance of international market access for our agriculture exports. We will always stand up for our farmers. An Andrew Scheer government will launch a WTO complaint defending our agriculture producers and pull the funding from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.”
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