GUELPH, ON, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Canadian Corn Producers (CCP) announced today
that they will not be seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada
the Federal Court of Appeal's June 5, 2007 decision to dismiss their
application for judicial review of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal
(CITT)'s May 2006 "no-injury" finding.
"We still believe that last year the CITT got it horribly wrong," said
Ryan Brown, a spokesperson for CCP. "While the Federal Court's decision not to
return the case to the CITT for reconsideration is disappointing and
unfortunate, we have made the business decision not to take any further legal
action at this time," added Mr. Brown.
"Often when one door closes another one opens. While we are surprised by
the result from Canada's legal system, we are encouraged that within 3 days of
the Federal Court's disappointing decision, the Canadian Government stepped up
its fight at the World Trade Organization by requesting a WTO panel to
investigate U.S. agricultural subsidies," said Benoit Legault, another
spokesperson for CCP.
And Canada is not alone. Eight other WTO members (32 countries in all)
have supported Canada's WTO challenge. In a June 8, 2007 Government of Canada
press release explaining the rationale for Canada's WTO case, Minister of
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Strahl said, "We are standing up for Canadian
farmers by taking this concrete action against harmful U.S. agricultural
subsidies." This sentiment was echoed by Minister of International Trade
Emerson who said, "We remain concerned that the U.S. is providing agricultural
subsidies in breach of its WTO commitments."
CCP is also encouraged that on July 11, 2007, Brazil took the first step
toward its WTO challenge of U.S. agricultural subsidies. "We understand that
Canada and Brazil will likely coordinate their efforts so that their
challenges can be heard together," said Theresa Bergsma, another CCP
spokesperson. "Many of the subsidies in the WTO challenges brought by Canada
and Brazil are the same subsidies that CCP challenged last year in its
domestic trade remedy complaint to the CITT," added Ms. Bergsma.
Supporting Canada using its international trade rights at the WTO to
combat trade-distorting U.S. farm subsidies has been part of CCP's
multi-pronged strategy for over two years. "With CCP's fair-trade resources
now focused on Canada's WTO prong, we hope to do what we can to help Canada
win the case. That said, as surprising and frustrating as the CITT's 2006 "no
injury" finding has been, we will continue to do all we can to be sure that
Canada applies its domestic trade remedy laws, enforces its rights under
international trade agreements and provides Canadian farmers with relief from
trade-distorting U.S. agricultural subsidies through effective WTO-compliant
safety net programs," cautioned Mr. Brown.
Canadian Corn Producers (CCP) are a coalition of Canada's main corn
producer associations - namely the Ontario Corn Producers' Association (OCPA),
the Federation des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Quebec (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 $CAD 1.4 billion).
For further information:
For further information: Spokespersons for Canadian Corn Producers: Ryan
Brown, General Manager, Ontario Corn Producers' Association,
email@example.com, (519) 767-4135 or Benoit Legault, Directeur - Général,
La fédération des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Québec,
firstname.lastname@example.org, (450) 679-0530; Theresa Bergsma, Secretary-Manager,
Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Inc., Theresa Bergsma, email@example.com,
(204) 745-6661; International Trade Law Counsel to Canadian Corn Producers:
Bill Hearn, Partner, McMillan Binch Mendelsohn LLP, firstname.lastname@example.org,