Trudeau using Indian Farmers for self interest, Opposes At WTO

Trudeau using Indian Farmers for self interest, Opposes At WTO

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Trudeau using Indian Farmers for self interest, Opposes At WTO

Dated : 06 Dec 2020 (IST)

Shri Trudeau is shedding crocodile tears for the Indian farmers in general and for farmers in Pu jab in particular. The same Trudeau has ordered his officials at World Trade Organization to oppose the Minimum Support Price paid by the Government of India to its farmers.

This opposition by Trudeau’s Government is to make the price of Canadian wheat more competitive in the World market. So basically Trudeau and his party are playing to their vote bank ( a large number are of Indian origin ) and at the same time trying to undercut India, what a shameless act.

So in cahoots with some British Members of Parliament ( who still think that they are playing the GREAT GAME and win it against India ) the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau too had recently backed the agitating farmers in India, saying his country will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protests. He had expressed concern over the situation. Though he does not have the time or the inclination to look into plights of the indigenous Canadians, who have been systematically looted for last three hundred years and deprived of various rights. He must realize that India too will always be there to defend the rights of poor Eskimos and Red Indians.

No wonder, reacting strongly, India on Friday summoned Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel and told him that the comments made by Trudeau and others in his cabinet on the protests were an “unacceptable interference” in the country’s internal affairs

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday slammed Canada’s stand on farmers’ protests in India as “nothing but hypocrisy”, saying it is a strident critic of minimum support price and other agricultural policies at the World Trade Organization (WTO), and often questions India’s domestic agricultural measures, including food and livelihood security.

“It (Canada) also opposes import restrictions to protect India’s farmers. The questions posed by Canada to India regarding India’s Agri policies in WTO are evidence of the fact that Canada has scarce interest in the genuine well-being of Indian farmers and agriculture producers,” BJP’s foreign affairs department in-charge Vijay Chauthaiwale tweeted.

In a series of tweets tagging Trudeau and Patel, Chauthaiwale said, “Canada’s criticism of India on farmer’s issues is nothing but hypocrisy. Canada is strident critic of MSP and other agriculture policies at the WTO, and often questions India’s domestic agriculture measures including food and livelihood security.”

Noting that Canada is a member of the Cairns Group of agri exporters, he said the body’s objective in WTO negotiations is to seek increased market access in countries like India. This now is likely to become next to impossible for Canada.

It also seeks reduction in the Agri subsidies provided to domestic producers, even if such subsidies are subsistence-level, he said.

“It also opposes import restrictions to protect India’s farmers. The questions posed by Canada to India regarding India’s Agri policies in WTO are evidence of the fact that Canada has scarce interest in the genuine well-being of Indian farmers and agriculture producers,” the BJP leader said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given topmost priority to enhance farmers’ income by increasing minimum support price, giving better access to technology and providing adequate insurance cover for Agri products against natural calamities, he said, adding that “Unfortunately, Canada has refused to acknowledge it”.