Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 14, 2005 22:23 ET

Statement By The Honourable Andy Mitchell, Minister Of Agriculture And Agri-Food On The Ruling In The Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 14, 2005) - I join the Canadian livestock industry in welcoming the ruling delivered today in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We are very pleased that the Court has overturned the preliminary injunction issued by the District Court of Montana. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Government of Canada have long argued there is no basis in science to keep the border closed.

It has taken a lot of hard work, at all levels, in both of our countries to reach where we are today.

We will be working with the Canadian livestock industry and the USDA in the next few days to act on the decision.

The federal and provincial governments have been working closely with industry to address this important issue. In fact, provincial colleagues and I began our recent annual conference in Kananaskis, Alberta with a discussion and an analysis of contingency planning to address any possible outcome of the July 27th hearing.

Contact Information

  • AAFC
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972 or 1-866-345-7972
    or
    Elizabeth Whiting
    Minister Mitchell's office
    (613) 759-1059