CCA welcomes new Liberal Cabinet

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Justin Trudeau, sworn in today as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, and his new Cabinet. The CCA looks forward to working with the new Federal Government to develop and implement policies and actions favourable to Canadian beef producers.

The CCA is particularly eager to embark on a collaborative working relationship with Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland to ensure the momentum of opening international markets for Canadian beef exports continues. The CCA will also work closely with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Health Minister Jane Philpott, Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk and Immigration Minister John McCallum.

Priority areas for the CCA include repeal of the discriminatory U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) legislation, improving access to the Japanese and other international markets through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), bolstering agriculture research and increasing the agricultural workforce, said CCA President Dave Solverson.

“The Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) information communicated to CCA indicates that their objectives align with ours in many of these priority areas, including trade, research and workforce issues,” he said. “That’s a great starting point for industry. The CCA looks forward to working with the new Ministers to advocate on the issues and policies that are important to the Canadian beef sector.” 

With respect to the U.S. COOL file, the CCA urges Ministers MacAulay and Freeland to confirm their intention to swiftly impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports the moment Canada is authorized to do so by the World Trade Organization (WTO), if the U.S. has not eliminated the incentive to segregate imported livestock by that time.

The LPC has characterized COOL as a trade infringement on a long established bilateral trade arrangement and has promised to follow through with an aggressive response to ensure that the U.S. adheres to the ruling of the WTO.

Ensuring the TPP is ratified by the Government of Canada is another priority area for CCA. Exports are the lifeblood of Canada’s beef industry and forward-thinking trade pacts like the TPP will ensure Canadian beef producers can compete fairly in a global marketplace. The LPC has stated it supports free trade agreements like the TPP because they create jobs for Canadians and contribute to economic growth and long-term prosperity across the country.

Research is also essential to ensure that Canada’s beef industry is globally competitive and able to take advantage of current and emerging trade opportunities. Properly funded and supported research will result in further productivity improvements that enhance the beef industry’s ability to operate in a sustainable manner that supports consumer confidence.

Chronic workforce issues remain a concern in the beef industry. Shortages of workers in Canadian packing plants result in decreased value for cattle producers and a loss to the Canadian economy. The CCA appreciates the LPC’s focus on job creation, reforming pathways to citizenship for foreign workers and for recognizing the unique labour needs of the agricultural sector.

The CCA looks forward to engaging Environment Minister McKenna on sustainable beef production and the positive role of producers as stewards of the land and with Health Minister Philpott on veterinary drug regulatory issues and food safety matters.

Producers can find the positions that the LPC communicated to the CCA during the election campaign here.

 

For further information, contact:
Gina Teel
Communications Manager
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
403-275-8558 x 306 | teelg@cattle.ca
www.cattle.ca