Friday, December 13, 2013

U.S. farm trade boss quitting

Chief Agricultural Negotiator Islam Siddiqui has announced that he will leave the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative early next year.

That might be good news for Canadians who have been frustrated by the Obama administration’s refusal to back off of Country-of-Origin Labeling regulations that cost Canadian livestock farmers an estimated $1 billion a year.

Siddiqui has been on the Obama trade-negotiating team since 2010 and worked on a number of bilaterial deals and the recent World Trade Organization deal.