Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 07, 2005 19:37 ET

Statement by the Honourable Andy Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food on the Delay in the Opening of the U.S. Border


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FOR: AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD CANADA

MARCH 7, 2005 - 19:37 ET

Statement by the Honourable Andy Mitchell, Minister of
Agriculture and Agri-Food on the Delay in the Opening
of the U.S. Border

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2005) - Today would have marked
a further opening of the United States border. With the granting of a
Preliminary Injunction by the U.S. District Court on March 2 in the
R-CALF challenge, this has been delayed to the disappointment of all who
had worked so hard on both sides of the border to resume trade in live
animals and other meat products with the U.S.

This temporary setback is frustrating. However, I want to assure all
Canadians that the Government of Canada, in cooperation with the
provinces and the industry, will continue to make every effort to engage
the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S.
Administration to press forward and to ensure that decisions are based
on science. We are encouraged by assurances from the USDA and the
President that this is in fact the manner in which they will proceed.

In the meantime, we have a plan to move forward. The Repositioning the
Livestock Industry Strategy, announced in September, is helping to
ensure the viability of the sector by increasing slaughter capacity in
Canada, by helping to sustain the industry while these facilities come
on line, and by continuing efforts to increase access to international
markets. Producers are continuing to benefit from the programs announced
in September, including continued access to the Fed Cattle and Feeder
Cattle Set-Aside Programs that help manage the supply of market ready
cattle.

During my meetings with the provincial and territorial ministers last
week, we agreed to monitor the situation carefully so that measures
under the Repositioning Strategy continue to respond to industry needs.
Our approach moving forward is to work closely with the provinces and
the industry, to carefully consider the appropriate next steps.

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