Dr. Hedy Fry & Chrystia Freeland stand up for Canada's agricultural sector

Hedy Fry In The House
Monday, December 7, 2015

Dr. Hedy Fry & Chrystia Freeland stand up for Canada's agricultural sector

Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal):
 
Mr. Speaker, this morning, the WTO sided with Canada for the third time on the matter of discriminatory U.S. COOL (Country Of Origin Labeling) legislation. The WTO arbitrator has found that the nullification and impairment under COOL costs Canada about $1 billion a year and costs Mexico about $228 million U.S. annually.
 
Would the minister tell us how this ruling will affect Canada's pork and beef products.
 
Hon. Chrystia Freeland (Minister of International Trade, Liberal):
 
Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Vancouver Centre for her question. I am delighted to back in the House with my cherished colleague.
 
We welcomed the WTO ruling. This is a vindication of the Canadian position. We are working very hard in Washington with the Senate and we are very pleased Congress has already repealed this.
 
I do want to say to Canada's beef and pork producers that the Minister of Agriculture is a former farmer. I am a daughter and granddaughter of ranchers. We are on the side of Canada's producers. We are in their corner, and if we have to retaliate we will.