Ques­tions for MP Fran­cis Drouin

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The Edi­tor,

Ear­lier this spring I asked our MP Fran­cis Drouin a very di­rect but po­lite ques­tion for which I did not get a se­ri­ous re­sponse. Per­haps he was too busy shut­ting down the SNC Lavalin jus­tice com­mit­tee at the time and will ad­dress the ques­tion if I asked it pub­licly.

Mr. Drouin, your gov­ern­ment has failed mis­er­ably on the agri­cul­tural trade front. An am­a­teur­ish virtue sig­nalling tweet from Chrys­tia Free­land re­sulted in Saudi Ara­bia block­ing im­ports of Cana­dian agri­cul­tural prod­ucts. In­dia blocked im­ports of Cana­dian chick peas and lentils fol­low­ing an em­bar­rass­ing and in­sult­ing de­ba­cle in which our PM in­vited a al­leged Khal­is­tani ter­ror­ist to party with him and also mocked In­dian cul­ture with his ridicu­lous out­fits and dance moves.

China is now block­ing im­ports of Cana­dian agri­cul­tural prod­ucts fol­low­ing the de­tain­ment of a Chi­nese busi­ness per­son. This of course was le­gal and jus­ti­fied, but ob­vi­ously poorly han­dled from a diplo­matic per­spec­tive as our PM clearly re­ceives no re­spect from the Chi­nese leader who dis­misses him as the “Lit­tle Potato.”

Cana­dian farm­ers are bear­ing the fi­nan­cial bur­den of these trade blun­ders. What is your gov­ern­ment's plan to cor­rect the sit­u­a­tion?

Steven An­der­son, Dalkeith

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