United States Moving to Repeal Country of Origin Labelling
December 21, 2015
EDSON: I am pleased to see that the United States appears ready to repeal the problematic provisions related to Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). These are protectionist provisions that have cost Canadian producers hundreds of millions of dollars. I expect the government to retaliate if the legislation is delayed, does not pass a vote in Congress, or is vetoed by the President of the United States.
Recently, Congressional leaders in the United States have drafted legislation that responds to demands from Canada and Mexico that COOL be repealed in the United States. This legislation is also in response to demands from the World Trade Organization (WTO) which has ruled against the U.S. four times stating that COOL discriminates against Canadian imports such as cattle and hogs. Repealing the COOL in the United States was very actively pursued by the Conservative Government.
December 18th was the earliest date that the legislation may be voted on in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The legislation is part of a massive 2,000 page omnibus spending bill. Following votes in the Senate and in Congress the bill must then be signed by the President of the United States to become enacted.