Trudeau says canola spat linked to U.S.-China trade

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Government help will be coming within the next few days for the Canadian canola industry

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said trade troubles for Canadian canola exports to China are the result of a “ripple effect” of trade tensions between China and the United States.

And he promised that government help will be coming within the next few days for the Canadian canola industry.

Opposition leader Andrew Sheer called on the government to quickly appoint an ambassador to China – the previous one, John McCallum, was fired by Trudeau – and to pull $256 million from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

He has been saying the federal government has not been doing enough about China’s complaints about pests contaminating Canadian canola shipments, resulting in the suspension of Richardson and Viterra, two of Canada’s leading canola-exporting companies.

Trudeau said the nub of the issue is “a scientific-based disagreement,” but did not elaborate.

Canada has assembled a team of experts to visit China to discuss the issues, but so far the Chinese have not responded to the request to send the team.

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