Saskatchewan wins oilseed trade challenge against Quebec
By Top Crop Manager
Apr. 30, 2014 - The Saskatchewan government has won the latest round of an internal trade challenge with Quebec in a decision that, if upheld, will mean major new access to the Quebec market for Saskatchewan oilseed producers and processors.
A dispute resolution panel, established under the pan-Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), released a ruling that determined the Quebec government's restrictions against the production, sale and marketing of vegetable oil-based dairy products contravene the country's internal trade rules.
The Quebec government is appealing the ruling. The appeal process could take up to seven months.
The Saskatchewan government made its case before the dispute resolution panel at a public hearing in Quebec City in early January. Saskatchewan's challenge was supported by the governments of Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba.