Gateway Gazette

China Canola Ban: Statement from Premier Notley

Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement in response to China blocking the import of Canadian canola from Richardson International Ltd., which exports 30 per cent of Alberta canola:

“Alberta farmers contribute mightily to our economy and to Canada’s.

“Today, we learned that the Chinese government is barring a huge chunk of our canola shipments from entering their country. This is wrong and it’s unfair.

“Seventy per cent of agri-food exports to China from Alberta are canola-related products. And canola farming contributes billions to the Canadian economy.

“So, today, I’m calling on the prime minister to get back on the job and fight for our canola farmers and the jobs they support.

“We are calling on Ottawa to stop its navel-gazing about its internal controversies and fight back.

“Alberta farmers and Alberta workers stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars and up to 3,000 jobs if this is not resolved.

“We need certainty – and now, more than ever, we need Ottawa to be in Canada’s corner.”

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