As Canada prepared for more testimony in front of the Justice Committee, China is predictably doing the Trudeau government no favours.
China has revoked the license to import canola oil from Winnipeg producer Richardson International.
Richardson International is one of the world’s largest canola oil producers, and its exports to China amounts to billions of dollars annually.
While China of course claims this decision is based on concerns about quality, the message seems clear.
China has lately observed that, apparently, the prime minister and those who still support him think that political interference in the judicial system is okay as long as it is to save jobs.
“That’s it,” they must have thought, “the Meng Wanzhou case doesn’t involve enough jobs!” Before getting to work finding a good block of jobs to target.
Unfortunately, Manitoba jobs might not quite be good enough.
Was it against agriculture on purpose?
Our new Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau found herself in that position following the cabinet mini-shuffle caused by resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould.
In media appearances following her swearing-in, she was very vocal about her support for Canada’s agricultural protectionism and the “consideration of jobs” in the SNC-Lavalin affair.
It is not inconceivable that China took note of the new agriculture minister’s justification of political interference in the judicial system on account of saving jobs. All they had to do was find a way to jeopardize agriculture jobs over the Huawei case.
The government, of course, has yet to produce any real evidence that 9000 jobs would have actually been lost, and it turned out that the Montreal firm was bound not to move their headquarters until 2025.
Oh, and let’s pray that Trudeau’s next cabinet shuffle doesn’t involve the Ministry of Defence.