Saskatchewan dis­ap­pointed COOL re­mains in U.S. Farm Bill

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - SUB­MIT­TED

Ear­lier this week Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Lyle Stew­art and Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Trade Tim McMil­lan ex­pressed ex­treme dis­ap­point­ment that the United States has not fixed pro­tec­tion­ist Coun­try of Ori­gin La­belling (COOL) pro­vi­sions in its farm bill.

The Min­is­ters also reaf­firmed Saskatchewan’s sup­port for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed re­tal­ia­tory mea­sures against the United States in re­sponse to COOL. Farm bill ne­go­ti­a­tions were the ap­pro­pri­ate op­por­tu­nity to re- move the dis­crim­i­na­tion and dam­ages that COOL has caused, and will con­tinue to cause, the Cana­dian and Saskatchewan live­stock in­dus­try. It is es­ti­mated that COOL has cost the Cana­dian cat­tle in­dus­try $1 bil­lion per year since 2008.

“We have his­tor­i­cally shared a strong agri­cul­tural part­ner­ship with the U.S., they re­main our big­gest trad­ing part­ner, and we are de­pen­dent on one an­other for the shared suc­cess of our agri­cul­ture in­dus­tries,” Stew­art said. “How­ever, COOL leg­is­la­tion is sim­ply a pro­tec­tion­ist mea­sure that has cost our pro­duc­ers bil- lions of dol­lars and will con­tinue to cause sig­nif­i­cant hard­ship to our in­dus­try. We will con­tinue to do all we can to stand up for our pro­duc­ers and we en­cour­age the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to move for­ward with re­tal­i­a­tion.”

“We are very dis­ap­pointed the U.S. fed­eral gov­ern­ment has re­fused to change their pro­tec­tion­ist po­si­tion on COOL, which is clearly a vi­o­la­tion of their trade obli­ga­tions,” McMil­lan said. “We fully sup­port the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in pur­su­ing re­tal­ia­tory mea­sures in an ef­fort to achieve a fair res­o­lu­tion.”

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