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Grain Growers of Canada encourage government to move forward with trade talks with China

Opportune time to build on the accomplishments of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada trade mission

November 23, 2017 (OTTAWA) – Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), the national voice of Canada’s grain farmers, congratulates Minister Lawrence MacAulay and the government of Canada on the successes of their recent trade mission to China. The agreements [1]achieved will bring measureable benefits to grain farmers as Canada moves to increased trade with the world’s second largest economy.

Of particular interest to grain farmers are:

“The importance of barrier-free trade with China cannot be understated,” said Jeff Nielsen, GGC President. “We are encouraged by the positive messages coming out of both Global Affairs Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and look forward to working together to leverage this ever-growing market and meet the Federal Budget goals of $75 billion in agri-food exports by 2025.”

China is currently the second largest national two-way trading partner for Canada, after the United States, with agri-food exports totalling $6.2 billion [2] in 2015. Resolution of trade issues; including improved regulatory alignment and a reduction in practices that stand in the way of true and open access are necessary to ensure continued export growth for Canadian grains and oilseeds.

“GGC and its members strongly encourage the federal government to move forward aggressively with free trade talks with China,” continued Mr. Nielsen. “The current uncertainty surrounding other trade negotiations such as TPP as well as recent tariff escalation in markets such as India are a real impediment to trade. This is why it is crucial to establish a solid agreement with trading partners such as China.”

The Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 13 national, provincial and regional grower groups. Our mission and mandate are to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.

Media Contact:
Lindsey Ehman
Manager, Communications & Stakeholder relations
Grain Growers of Canada
(o): 613-233-9954 ext. 202
(c): 613-222-2726
(e): lehman@ggc-pgc.ca [3]

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