China has stopped all new purchases of Canadian canola seeds in what
some see as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a top executive of
Chinese tech giant Huawei.
The Canola Council of Canada said late
Thursday exporters are reporting Chinese importers are unwilling to
purchase the seeds at this time.
In 2018, China bought about 40 per cent of Canada’s canola exports for a total of $2.1 billion.
Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said Canada’s
government now needs to retaliate and should expel any Chinese athletes
training in Canada for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 2022.