Canadian Corn Producers Encouraged by Canada's Request for WTO Panel



    GUELPH, ON, June 8 /CNW/ - Canadian Corn Producers (CCP) are encouraged
by today's announcement that Canada has formally requested a dispute
resolution panel in its WTO consultations with the US regarding
trade-distorting US farm subsidies. Many of the subsidies in Canada's WTO
complaint are the same subsidies that CCP challenged last year in its domestic
trade remedy complaint to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).
    "We are pleased that Canada is using its international trade rights at
the WTO to discipline massive and WTO-illegal US farm subsidies. This will
help protect Canadian corn farmers from the adverse effects caused by these
subsidies. Canada's panel request is the culmination of over two years of CCP
working with the Federal Government to use its existing legal rights at the
WTO to challenge US farm subsidies." said Ryan Brown, spokesperson for CCP.
    "Real action by the Federal Government to protect Canadian corn farmers
from trade-distorting US farm subsidies is important because both the CITT in
May 2006 and the Federal Court of Appeal earlier this week have rejected CCP's
request for a domestic trade remedy," added Benoit Legault another CCP
spokesperson.
    CCP supports Canada's request for a WTO panel and will do what it can to
help Canada win the case. Canada's WTO trade action has also been supported by
32 other countries. As Canada's WTO trade action could potentially level the
playing field between US corn farmers and Canadian corn farmers without
compromising the interests of Canadian corn users, CCP hopes that Canadian
corn users will support this timely and important Government trade initiative.

    Canadian Corn Producers (CCP) are a coalition of Canada's main corn
producer associations - namely, the Ontario Corn Producers' Association
(OCPA), the Fédération des producteurs de cultures commerciales du
Québec(FPCCQ), and the Manitoba Corn Growers' Association (MCGA). Together
they represent over 26,000 corn farmers who last crop year produced 364
million bushels of grain corn (valued at roughly $CAN 1.4 billion).




For further information:

For further information: Ryan Brown, General Manager, Ontario Corn
Producers' Association, rbrown@ontariocorn.org, (519) 767-4135 or Benoit
Legault, Directeur - Général, La fédération des producteurs de cultures
commerciales du Québec, blegault@fpccq.qc.ca, (450) 679-0530, Spokespersons
for Canadian Corn Producers or Bill Hearn, Partner, McMillan Binch Mendelsohn
LLP, bill.hearn@mcmbm.com, (416) 865-7240, International Trade Law Counsel to
Canadian Corn Producers

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