CAFTA Looks Forward to Working with New Minister on World Trade Liberalization Agenda

    CALGARY, June 27 /CNW/ - Darcy Davis, President of the Canadian Agri-Food
Trade Alliance (CAFTA) today extended congratulations to the Honourable
Michael Fortier on his appointment to the position of Minister of Trade. CAFTA
also commends Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his foresight in recognizing
the importance of this key portfolio in dividing the portfolio of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade between two ministers.
    "Canada is a nation dependent on trade," says Davis. "The Prime
Minister's decision is very timely. Yesterday, the World Trade Organization
(WTO) decided to hold a ministerial meeting on July 21 in an attempt to push
the Doha Round of trade negotiations toward a successful conclusion. We will
be looking to the leadership of the new Trade Minister in helping advance
these negotiations towards a successful conclusion."
    CAFTA strongly supports the upcoming ministerial meeting as an essential
step towards a new WTO agreement that reduces agricultural subsidies and
creates meaningful improvements in market access for all Canadian agri-food
exporters. Canada cannot afford to miss this opportunity to enhance trade
through an ambitious Doha agreement.
    Across Canada, the sale of export dependent commodities accounts for
$33.6 Billion or 80% of the annual farm gate receipts. Over 210,000 - or 92%
of - farmers are directly dependent on export markets; they either export
their products or sell them domestically at prices set by international

    CAFTA is a coalition of national and regional organizations, associations
and companies that have come together in support of a more open and fair
international trading environment for agriculture and agri-food. Member
organizations are the Alberta Beef Producers, Alberta Pork, Canada Beef Export
Federation, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Canadian Cattlemen's
Association, Canadian Meat Council, Canadian Oilseed Processors Association,
Canadian Sugar Institute, Malting Industry Association of Canada, Grain
Growers of Canada, Canola Council of Canada, Saskatchewan Pork, Sunterra
Group, Canadian Pork Council, and Viterra.

For further information:

For further information: Darcy Davis, President, Canadian Agri-Food
Trade Alliance, (403) 888-2394,

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