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Will Ottawa ever get China?

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Canola was first, and now peas and soybeans. It was highly predictable, but given how things have progressed over the last five months, the situation can only escalate. The government has now pledged to help the farmers affected by our epic spat with China, but other than offering cash or support to develop new markets for canola, peas and soybeans, it's challenging to see what else the Trudeau government can do. Unlike the United States, Canada is not a powerhouse; there is no rivalry. We are foes, despite ourselves.

Ottawa should stop insinuating that China's issue is related to food safety. It's not. Openly using this science-based rhetoric has run its course and now some real political mediation is needed behind the scenes. To simply send a contingent from the CFIA to China would be pointless.

China is no Japan. China has historically entangled foreign policy with trades. When the food safety narrative is used by Japanese authorities, they mean it. Let's face it, they have no space! And since 80 per cent of the food consumed in Japan is imported, importers need to protect the public from irresponsible choices. Food safety is paramount, and importers are willing to pay a premium, to say the least.........

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