Canadian agricultural groups fear the impact of the blockades
Canadian agricultural groups are concerned about how future border blockages could affect trade.
Cattlemen Association President Bob Lowe said the Brownfield protests across the US border were a testament to how insane the citizens’ restrictions were, but there were other ways to take action against the regulations.
“Once you’ve set a priority, it’s pretty easy to maintain, but we don’t want a mob-driven country,” he says.
The farm and its farm in southern Alberta are located in the largest beef region in Canada, where the movement of live cattle, feed and beef products has recently stalled on the Montana border. Canada exports about half of its beef production, and Lowe says the past two years have been spent working to keep the trade open during the pandemic.
“We need to keep our borders open and we need to be known as a safe and reliable trading partner – and this has been jeopardized, which is not a good thing,” he said.
Although it may take several weeks to straighten the supply chain, Lowe fears the impact the protests will have on Canada’s reputation.
“With other countries always looking for a reason to put up non-tariff trade barriers, that could be a very good reason,” he said.
Lowes says food in his area is also tight due to an ongoing drought, and if the blockades were implemented for a long time, a closed border could become a welfare issue as producers depend heavily on US feed stocks.
Lowe is among several Canadian ag groups that continue to pressure his government to keep its borders open and maintain Canada’s trade reputation.
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