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Canada - Wheat Board not negotiable; EU, yanks want end to grain monopoly
Winnipeg Sun, May 11, 2004
The Canadian Wheat Board, a government-backed farmers' export monopoly, is off limits in world trade talks despite renewed U.S. and European Union calls to negotiate the status of state trading enterprises, officials in Ottawa said yesterday.
An official in the agriculture minister's office said there was no change in Ottawa's long standing policy that the CWB, which has a marketing monopoly on exports of western Canadian grains, complies with World Trade Organization rules and is not up for negotiation in current global trade talks.

"A recent WTO decision found the Canadian Wheat Board to be compliant with international trade obligations. The Canadian Wheat Board itself is not on the table," Trade Minister Jim Peterson said through his spokeswoman.


U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick said earlier in the day that countries like Canada, should show their "willingness to end monopolies in state trading enterprises".

Zoellick also said the the United States was prepared to eliminate the subsidy element of the U.S. Agriculture Department's multibillion-dollar farm export credit program.

"Not only do we need to see reduced subsidies, but we need mechanisms to ensure the U.S. and EU simply don't create artificial phyto-sanitary barriers (animal and plant diseases) to stop the trade of agricultural products," Wheat Board Minister Reg Alcock said through his spokeswoman.
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