OTTAWA – As the ramp up to the October election continue, Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Dean Allison, Shadow Minister for International Trade Diversification issued the following statement urging the Trudeau government to repair Canada’s role as a rules-based partner in the Organization for Economic Development (OECD) and to take Canada’s trade dispute with China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) :
“For over three years, the Liberal government’s incompetence and poor judgment have damaged Canada’s reputation on the world stage.
“Canadians were shocked to learn in March that the Anti-Corruption Division of the OECD is ‘closely monitoring’ Canada after it was revealed that the Trudeau government waged a sustained and co-ordinated attempt to politically interfere in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The Trudeau government must cooperate fully with the OECD Working Group on Bribery and respond to their concerns regarding political interference.
“The Trudeau government must also stand up for our farmers and launch a formal complaint against China at the WTO for unjustifiably blocking Canadian canola imports. Each day that Justin Trudeau fails to defend our interests, Canadian farmers pay the price.
“Conservatives will continue to stand up for the interests of Canadians, while we demand answers and hold the Liberal government to account for their failures on the world stage.”
Frank Pullia, the Conservative candidate for Thunder Bay-Superior North says, “I am concerned about Canada’s reputation and standing on the world stage and so should every Canadian citizen be, that a reputable and respected international organization like the OECD is keeping watch on Canada through its working group on bribery, as a result of the Liberal government political interference in the SNC Lavalin scandal”