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Exports to U.S.
Mr. Bill Blaikie (Winnipeg—Transcona, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the
fact is the Liberals voted against what Mr. McGuinty is proposing to do in
But I have a question for the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
He will know that the U.S. International Trade Commission came out with
its decision today. Unfortunately, it seems that the harassment of
Canadian farmers will continue. A good decision on durum but a bad
decision on spring wheat.
What does the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food intend to do now to
protect Canadian farmers from this continuing unjustified harassment of
Canadian exports to the United States?
Hon. Lyle Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, we have said prior to this that we would take every step that
we possibly could, including launching panels in both NAFTA and WTO if
that is seen necessary.
We have very successfully demonstrated in the past that the Canadian Wheat
Board works and acts within WTO compliance. We have proven that in the
past and I am confident we can prove it in the future.
Mr. Dick Proctor (Palliser, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the good news is the
International Trade Commission has ruled unanimously today that U.S.
tariffs on Canadian durum are illegal. The bad news is the ITC split two
to two on wheat tariffs so the United States will doubtless continue its
ongoing harassment against wheat farmers as political considerations trump
Does the government intend to launch an appeal on the 14% tariffs that
harasses our wheat farmers and will it help by picking up some of the
legal tab which is now running in excess of $10 million?
Mr. Murray Calder (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for
International Trade, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, first, Canada's wheat exports
to the United States are not subsidized. We are carefully reviewing the
U.S. decision and then we will examine our WTO and NAFTA options under the
context of deciding the most effective steps to take.