The two worlds of justice and trade may seem to be totally separate and unrelated, and in most countries they are, as commerce and the movement of goods really have nothing to do with legal matters for the most part.
In this current day and age, however, the two realms seem to have collided to an extent, and the results are needlessly causing hurt to many innocent sectors of people.
Perhaps the source of this unseemly collision can explain the mystery somewhat, as China has seen fit to cause hurt and pain to many sectors of the economy because they are upset that an executive of the Chinese tech giant, Huawei, was arrested in Canada at the request of the United States.
This has led to all sorts of actions by the Chinese government in retaliation of this action, such as the arrest of two Canadians on trumped-up charges, and the suspension of buying canola from Canada on the pretext of the crops being contaminated.
China is also threatening to stop the trade of other commodities, like peas and lentils, which Canada is also a major supplier of to China.
The result of this is that Canadian farmers, who are completely innocent of any actions or consequences that could hurt China, are being unfairly penalized as China is the buyer of at least 40 per cent of the canola produced in Canada, and they have curtailed buying that oilseed.
As crops are being seeded in the ground right now in Saskatchewan and across Canada, this is bad timing, but many farmers are going ahead and seeding this crop anyway in the hopes that somehow this injust situation with China can be mitigated or solved, or alternatively, that other international and domestic markets can be found for this vital oilseed crop.
This falls in the purview of the federal government, particularly as Canada’s relations with China need to be dealing with the two Canadians who may now face the death sentence on their charges, and in dealing with a trade issue that really has nothing whatsoever to do with the arrest of the Huawei executive.
The government has offered very little in the way of helping the agriculture industry, but they need to step up and act in the best interests of this vital part of the Canadian economy. They also need to act in the best interests of the two Canadian citizens who may well end up dying, if the charges against them are judged to be serious in the eyes of Chinese authorities.