CCA President Dave Solverson says retaliation seems to have been the catalyst for the U-S to act noting there’s room in the U-S year end spending bill to repeal COOL.
“Going to be voted by the house on Friday and followed by the Senate. We are very cautiously optimistic that the end of COOL will be by the weekend.”
In Washington last week, Salverson says you could sense a change.
“Both sides of the house and Senate there was a general understanding that it had to be resolved. They did not want to go into the retaliatory side of it. That was our position to. The retaliation was not our goal our goal was resolution and it looks like its working.”
The direct damage to the Canadian Livestock industry was valued at a Billion dollars a year but the indirect damage is hard to measure.
Solverson adds that getting rid of COOL has been a top priority of the CCA, the Pork Industry and the Federal Government.