|Dear Sir or Madame:
Farmers are running out of time and patience with the federal liberals
when dealing with Canada’s protectionist stand at the WTO trade talks.
Canada can’t promote true liberalization of agriculture while
aggressively protecting the supply-managed sector of our industry.
According to the WTO, Canada is the world’s third largest agri-food
exporter behind the United States and the European Union. Remember that 90% of agriculture in Canada depends on trade or is directly
associated with the export side. The idea of protecting 10% to the
detriment of 90% is not only unacceptable it is also economically
unsound. Below are recommendations under the three pillars of support to
agriculture that MP’s should bring to the liberal government.
- Eliminate or severely limit the number of
“sensitive” tariff lines allowed by each country.
- Push for Canada to lead by example and demand
tariff reduction for all products and implementation of tariff caps.
- Push for Canada to allow greater market access to our
- Remind Canada that 90% of agriculture in Canada depends on
trade or is directly associated with the export side and the
market access issue relates directly to each and everyone’s bottom
- Push for Canada not to align itself with
protectionist countries or interfere with progress in the talks
towards an ambitious outcome in market access.
- Push Canada to support high overall cuts and a low
percentage/value of production cap on product-specific AMS. Attempts
by Canada to preserve the level of Market Price Support to
supply-managed sectors within AMS should not be at the cost of an
- Push Canada to support the reduction of the de minimis
- Encourage Canada to continue to push for strict
criteria on blue box support, and stringent revision of the green box.
- Push Canada to reaffirm its original negotiating
position on the elimination of all forms of export subsidies in the
fastest possible time.
- Encourage Canada to neither waste negotiating energy
nor jeopardize the elimination of all forms of export subsidies by
intransigence on the monopoly power of the CWB.
- Push Canada to be prepared to negotiate the export
monopoly powers of the CWB in return for substantial commitments in
reduction of domestic support and market access from our trading