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Subject: Canada and U.S. politicians to hold BSE meeting
Date: August 27, 2004 at 3:46 pm PST

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Subject: Canada and U.S. politicians to hold BSE meeting
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 16:49:10 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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Canada and U.S. politicians to hold BSE meeting

Canadian Press

OTTAWA  Manhattan and mad cow may seem an unlikely combination but
Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell will be mixing the two Saturday when
he travels to New York City to meet his American counterpart to lobby
for an end to the costly mad cow crisis.

Before leaving, Mitchell tried to dampen expectations among desperate
producers that the U.S. border might swing open quickly following his
first face-to-face meeting with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman.

"I think I'll measure the results (of the session) in terms of
establishing a relationship," Mitchell said in an interview shortly
before meeting Veneman, who is in New York for next week's Republican
Party convention.

"But I am going to take the opportunity to state the Canadian position
because I think it cannot be stated enough," added Mitchell, who took
over the agriculture portfolio right after the June 28 federal election.

"From our perspective, the science indicates that the border should be

The meeting comes as Ottawa has started to drop broad hints that as the
crisis drags on, more emergency aid could be coming for the
cash-strapped industry.

Ralph Goodale, the federal finance minister from southern Saskatchewan,
has been suggesting recently that he might shake open Ottawa's piggy bank.

In March, just before the last federal budget, Ottawa announced a
$1-billion farm aid package that included $680 million in relief for
cattle producers. That also included a pledge from Goodale of more help
if the border remained closed "for a protracted period."

Goodale is now repeating that pledge to help cope with mad cow -- "a
serious issue not just for producers but a serious issue for the country."

However, he isn't saying yet just how much aid might be made available.

"I'm not in a position now to put a dollar figure on the situation,"
said Goodale.

"But we've got to be prepared to stand by our producers through this
incredibly difficult period which is not at all of their making."

That's good news for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, which has
developed a long-term plan including emergency cash aid as well as
initiatives for boosting slaughter capacity, loan guarantees and market

"It's quite positive that they're looking at this," said Stan Eby, the
cattlemen's president.

Saturday's meeting could also help advance the issue within Washington's
bureaucracy, he added.

Any help is desperately needed.

New data shows the Canadian cattle industry is being crushed under the
weight of the 15-month long crisis that dates back to the discovery of
single case of mad cow on a ranch in northern Alberta.

According to Statistics Canada, cattle and calf receipts plummeted by
24.5 per cent in the first half of this year compared with same period a
year ago.

The United States and other countries closed their borders to Canadian
beef exports once bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, was
discovered in May 2003.

The U.S. started allowing some cuts of beef across the border last
September, but continues to ban imports of live Canadian cattle,
creating a backlog of beef and driving down prices.

A cautious Mitchell wouldn't say whether he has been pressing his
cabinet colleagues to approve more aid to tide over cattle producers, or
what else specifically Ottawa might do.

"I think that there is a need to move sooner rather than later, (but)
I'm not going to get into any particular time frames," Mitchell said.

He also favours the kind of longer-term solutions proposed by the
cattlemen's association, including expanding sales into other markets
such as Korea and Taiwan to reduce reliance on the U.S. market.

"It would be important to develop additional markets beyond simply the
United States -- diversify ... that's got to be part of the solution as


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> "From our perspective, the science indicates that the border should be

> open."

ONE minute they say it's an integrated system, then the next
minute they say something like, oh, that Washington mad cow
was a Canadian cow, we've had no home grown in USA, when we all
know that North America bovines have TSE and have had TSE for decades,
no doubt about that now. but they would not know(?) better word ''admit''
science if it bit them in the butt. nope, sss policy and save the industry at all cost, including human health...


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