STEWART: let me tell you my business; people minding their own business

One problem of growing up in small town was that everyone found it necessary to know your business. I guess that came from when people came to this country they looked after each other and new everything about their neighbors. I hated it because you could always count on some old guy saying, “I heard something about you………….” 

Once my mom had to go into hospital for a minor surgery and my aunt came to look after us kids. The old lady across the street went to the hospital to inform my mom that father had taken a new woman. So, sticking your nose into other people’s business is a bad thing to do and I am sure that some will say that is what reporters do, but that is different.

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The minute I heard that Canada had arrested Meng Wanzhou a Chinese business woman because USA asked us to do it. I knew the trouble would begin., China and this woman who was a computer company executive had made some deal with Iran and the USA wanted us to arrest her based on our extradition agreement with the states.

My immediate reaction was, if the USA want her arrested then they should arrest her as nothing good will come from this. But our little potato of a Prime Minister folded like a cheap suit and now we are in a mess with China. People who would be ok in China are now under arrest and one man has been executed. Lately the Chinese have informed us they don’t want out Canola crops which normally bring in Billions for Canadian farmers. And yet, both Trudeau and China say this is not a political thing. 

Where I come from if you don’t want trouble don’t poke the bear. Christina Freeland and her hoard of foreign affairs goofs have poked the bear and now it is getting back at us big time.

One year ago, Canadians couldn’t grow enough canola to meet Chinese demand. Between canola seed, canola oil and canola meal, the Chinese imported roughly $4 billion worth of the oilseed crop from Canada, according to an analysis from the Canada West Foundation. Couple that with an escalating trade spat between the U.S. and China, and market analysts were predicting record canola shipments from Canada to China in 2019.

Then, in March, China suddenly reversed course—blocking shipments from two of our biggest exporters because they were supposedly contaminated with pests. It mattered not that Canada said otherwise. Prairie farmers were left wondering what do with no access to their primary market.

It didn’t stop there—which is why most observers believe the action had more to do with Beijing’s anger over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou than with defective Canadian crops. Canadian exporters then reported roadblocks as they tried to send peas, pork and soybeans to China. The delays ranged from unusually long inspections to newfound paperwork problems. There’s no reason to think other products won’t soon be targeted.

So, as China seems to target Canadian exports, acting as though the two countries are locked in a trade war. The fact is, we need China—and China doesn’t need us. Retaliating would probably satisfy us, because we’re definitely being jerked around, but it might not be what’s best in terms of the Canadian economy.

And that is how I see it what do you think?

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