Some good news for Canadian canola producers as the prime minister’s visit to China continues.
Existing dockage rules that were set to change drastically as of Sept. 1st have been extended as Canada and China try to reach a long-term solution.
Dockage is the amount of foreign material such as weeds, considered acceptable in Canada’s canola exports to China.
The Chinese government had want to cut the level of foreign material allowed by more than half starting Thursday.
With the deadline now extended Justin Trudeau says the two countries will work towards a solution in the coming days and weeks ahead.
China buys 87 per cent of its canola from Canada because of its good quality and production.
Prime Minister Trudeau and the Chinese Premier have agreed to deepen the countries’ relationships and explore a possible free trade deal.
After the meeting, Li Keqiang said Canada and China will launch a feasibility study on an eventual free trade deal.
A Canadian official later said the two countries have been engaged in ongoing technical discussions on free trade, but stressed there are no negotiations underway at this point.
Justin Trudeau has submitted Canada’s application to join a controversial new international infrastructure bank led by China.
China founded the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to provide other countries in the region access to cash for such areas as transportation, power and telecommunications.
The Canadian government has not specified how much money it would put into the bank.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says joining the bank will, among other benefits, help pave the way for Canadian companies looking for new business opportunities.
He believes the bank will make an important impact on the global economy, and Canada’s through infrastructure investments.
Meanwhile Trudeau says he’s brought up human rights issues during his visit to China.
Justin Trudeau says he highlighted a number of consular cases every time he’s had the opportunity to sit down with Chinese leaders, including that of Kevin Garratt, a Canadian imprisoned for more than two years in China on espionage charges.
Trudeau has said in the past there’s no evidence to support the accusations against Garratt, but he didn’t say what China has told him about the case.
The lawyer for the Garratt family says they’re extremely frustrated by a lack of progress in securing his release.