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Going Against the Grain: How the Chinese Canola Ban is Affecting Manitoba

Posted March 27, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Bartley Kives – CBC News)

When the most populous nation on Earth suddenly decides it no longer covets Canadian canola, there’s obviously more going on than the alleged trans-oceanic trade in unwanted organisms.

China is refusing to import Canadian canola, claiming unspecified creatures are crawling among our oilseeds.

First, it revoked Richardson International’s canola export permit, prompting a wave of consternation about potential retaliation for the December arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

Then China claimed Viterra’s canola shipments are also contaminated, further fuelling fears one of Canada’s top agricultural exports could become a casualty of the volatile relationship between the Asian superpower and the United States, which had requested Meng’s arrest.

The stakes in this dispute are high in Manitoba, which covers more acres with canola than any other crop and counts on canola production and processing worth about $4.2 billion every year, according to the Canola Council of Canada. Click here to read more.