Woodlot owner says tariffs hurting industry in P.E.I.
Tariffs on Canadian wood going to the U.S. are decimating the markets, says the president of the P.E.I. Woodlot Owners Association.
John Rowe made the remarks in response to the latest softwood lumber dispute with the U.S. that has seen it impose new tariffs on Canadian exports.
“It’s putting everybody out of work,” Rowe said.
P.E.I.’s forestry industry is small, and Rowe said most of its woodlots are privately owned.
With no major sawmills in P.E.I., that wood has to leave the province, Rowe said.
“Our major market is an export market.”
Rowe said other provinces have large Crown wood holdings and big businesses involved in the industry, but P.E.I. is getting lumped in with them in the trade dispute.
The argument from the U.S. side is that Canada’s industry is heavily subsidized, Rowe said. “It’s idiotic.”
Rowe, he said he wants a future for the industry in P.E.I.
“They want our lumber. They want our trees.”