FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Ottawa, ON – Luc Berthold, Conservative Shadow Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, released the following statement regarding the recent Chinese import ban of all Canadian meat products:
 
“Today, media are reporting that the Chinese government will ban the imports of all Canadian meat, citing food safety concerns. In the last year, Canada exported almost $374 million worth of pork, beef, and veal meat to China.
 
“Conservatives know that Canadian farmers produce some of the highest quality meat in the world. Any assertion by the Chinese government to the contrary is both false and baseless.
 
“It is clear that this is not an issue of food safety, but a political issue caused by Justin Trudeau’s incompetence and weakness on the world stage. Canada has already lost Chinese market access for canola, soy, and now meat. And while this has been taking place, the Trudeau Liberals have failed to take decisive action and stand up to the Chinese government. This is just another example of Trudeau’s failed leadership on the world stage.
 
“With the G20 taking place this Friday, Justin Trudeau must personally raise this issue with President Xi Jinping and demand that he remove these non-tariff trade barriers.
 
“Conservatives will continue to stand up and support Canada’s agriculture sector. That is why an Andrew Scheer government will launch a WTO complaint defending our producers and pull the funding from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.”
 

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