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Reported COOL Ruling at WTO Will Hopefully Resolve Dispute

Posted September 05, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(The Western Producer)

If an information leak from the World Trade Organization proves true, Canada has won a victory against U.S. country-of-origin labell

It is cause for celebration, tempered by the knowledge that Canada has won battles in the same war before, yet billions of dollars continue to be lost by the cattle and hog industries.

This time, the outcome will be different.

This time, the U.S. government may heed pleadings from within its own ranks and from its own meat industry to change its labelling laws so they are trade compliant. This time, it may be swayed by pressure from other American industries that grow, make or export goods to Canada that will be subject to retaliatory Canadian tariffs if COOL isn’t amended or scrapped. This time, the U.S. government might recognize its own hypocrisy in seeking trade deals with other countries while implementing protectionist, deal-defying legislation at home. Read more here.