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CCA Statement - Canada needs to be a founding member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent comments in Quebec City that it is essential for Canada to be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).   The CCA urges the Government of Canada to maintain a high level of ambition as the negotiations enter their final phase and ensure that Canada will become a founding member of the TPP. A TPP agreement could come together quite quickly now that the United States (U. S. ) Congress has granted U. S. President Barack Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to finish the negotiations.

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CYL program announces mentors for 2015-16 youth mentorship program

Calgary, AB - The Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL) Program is pleased to announce the mentors selected for the 2015-16 program. Now in its fifth year, the CYL program continues to offer participants an unparalleled mentorship experience within the Canadian beef industry with an eye to shaping future industry leaders.

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Industry leaders establish Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation

Calgary, AB – Canadian beef industry leaders have established the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation (Foundation), a registered charity, to support the sustainable advancement and legacy of the Canadian beef industry.  

“If we want to see our industry thrive in the future we need to make sure that we support the next generation, have a healthy land base and the knowledge to be able to do it,” said Foundation Chairman, Bob Lowe. “The Foundation will be one of the tools in the tool box to ensure we achieve this,” he added.

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CCA applauds Canada’s request for authority to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports

Ottawa, ON – In a show of support, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) stood alongside Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast in Ottawa today as they announced that Canada is moving immediately to request authority from the World Trade Organization (WTO) to impose billions in retaliatory tariffs on U. S. exports, following the trade body’s historic final ruling against U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). The WTO’s Appellate Body yesterday issued a final ruling confirming that U. S. COOL discriminates against live imports of Canadian cattle and hogs.

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CCA Statement on WTO final ruling confirming U.S. COOL discriminates against live imports of Canadian cattle and hogs

Calgary, AB – In a historic and decisive victory for Canada’s cattle industry, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) today issued a final ruling confirming that U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) discriminates against live imports of Canadian cattle and hogs. The ruling, the fourth and final from the WTO on COOL, effectively ends the eight-year legal battle initiated by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) in 2007 challenging the U. S. labeling law for violating the U. S. ’s international trade obligations.

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Negotiators urged to secure high quality TPP deal

Representatives from the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA)[1] are in Maryland USA this week pressing the need for substantial trade liberalization via the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. With the TPP negotiations seeming to be approaching the ‘end game’, discussions over the next few days will be critical given the negotiators are aiming to narrow the outstanding issues prior to a hoped for TPP Ministerial meeting in May. FNBA members are urging TPP negotiating teams to hold firm and deliver an agreement that will make it easier to do business, establish fair trade rules and reduce costs.

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Budget 2015 positive for Canada’s cattle producers

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with the investments in the 2015 Federal Budget that support and promote market access and trade opportunities for Canada’s beef cattle producers. Announced today, Economic Action Plan 2015 contains several measures, starting in 2016-17, of direct benefit to beef producers. Key among these measures is an investment of $18. 1 million over two years to expand the activities of the Market Access Secretariat (MAS). This includes introducing new agricultural trade commissioners abroad and taking on a more active role in setting international science-based standards.

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Health Canada’s planned regulatory amendments developed in consultation with industry

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) supports Health Canada’s plan to strengthen oversight and controls for own-use importation (OUI) of veterinary drugs and the importation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for veterinary use through proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations. Announced today, Health Canada intends to introduce regulatory amendments that will better align Canadian oversight on the importation of veterinary drugs for own use and APIs for veterinary use with other countries.

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