Canada's Efforts Must be Redoubled at WTO



    GENEVA, Switzerland, July 26 /CNW Telbec/ - After a week in Geneva, farm
leaders representing the dairy, poultry and egg sectors have become
increasingly concerned over the lack of progress among the countries
represented in addressing Canada's position on sensitive products.
    In an attempt to move the negotiations forward, the so-called Group of
Seven (Australia, European Union, United States, Japan, India, Brazil and
China) yesterday advanced a paper outlining a set of key points of convergence
on portions of agriculture and non-agriculture revised texts. This paper
leaves the representatives of Canada's dairy, poultry and egg producers
extremely concerned that the issues critical to the maintenance of supply
management are not being captured. In fact, if the Group of Seven (G-7) paper
without significant change ultimately forms the basis of the final agreement
on modalities, it is clear the Canadian Government's objectives for the Doha
Development Round will have been missed.
    This morning in a briefing with Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry
Ritz, producer representatives in Geneva expressed their strong frustration
and deep concerns with the text advanced by the G-7, particularly as it
pertains to sensitive products, as well as the overall direction of these
negotiations.
    The Canadian Government is fully aware of the risks to thousands of
Canadian farmers if the direction of these WTO negotiations does not change
significantly as the weekend proceeds. Dairy, poultry and egg producers expect
the Government to redouble its efforts to secure provisions necessary to
ensure that there is no negative economic impact for farmers under supply
management in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: In Ottawa: Lisa Bishop-Spencer, (613) 447-4619;
In Geneva: Tara Molloy, (613) 513-4645


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