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When Canada opposed India’s move to help farmers | India News


NEW DELHI: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s support for protesting farmers in India seems ironic from the position his country has taken over the years on issues of farmers’ welfare.
On Monday, Trudeau had raised concerns about the ongoing farmers’ protest, prompting a strong reaction from India, calling his comments “misinformed and unjustified.”
Addressing the Indian community in Canada during an online event to mark the 551st birthday of Guru Nanak Dev, Trudeau said “Let me remind you that Canada will always be there to defend the right to peaceful protest. We believe in the importance of dialogue. and that is why we have communicated through multiple means directly with the Indian authorities to highlight our concerns. ”
However, a quick look at Canada’s position on the issue of India’s farm subsidies, which is a measure employed to help distressed farmers, reveals that Trudeau’s concerns for protesting farmers ring hollow.
Canada has repeatedly questioned India’s agricultural subsidies at meetings of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
When India invoked the WTO’s “Peace Clause” to help its rice farmers in the 2018-19 marketing year, Canada was one of the most vocal countries in questioning the measure.
The peace clause protects a developing country’s food purchase programs from action by WTO members in the event that subsidy ceilings are exceeded.
Several countries oppose the gap in the level of subsidies because they feel it distorts world trade.
In fact, Canada has been at the forefront of the WTO talks to end agricultural subsidies.
Canada, along with the United States and the European Union, had also questioned India’s agricultural trade practices and pro-farmer policies at a recent meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture (CoA).
It is ironic that the leader of a country that opposes India’s pro-farmer policies supports farmers’ protests.
Clearly, Trudeau’s attempt to foray into the internal affairs of India appears to have been guided more by his desire to placate a group that makes up a sizeable population in Canada than by genuine concern for farmers.

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