Al­berta stands with forestry in­dus­try: State­ment

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Agri­cul­ture and Forestry Min­is­ter Oneil Car­lier has is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment in re­sponse to the U.S. Lumber Coali­tion’s de­ci­sion to pe­ti­tion the U.S. gov­ern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate im­pos­ing du­ties against Cana­dian soft­wood lumber ex­ports.

“Although we are not sur­prised by the ac­tions of the U.S. Lumber Coali­tion, we are deeply dis­ap­pointed. De­spite re­peated in­ves­ti­ga­tion over more than three decades, the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s coun­ter­vail­ing ac­tion has not sur­vived a le­gal chal­lenge by Canada.

“The forestry sec­tor is an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to the econ­omy on both sides of the border, em­ploy­ing nearly 20,000 Al­ber­tans in more than 70 com­mu­ni­ties, and gen­er­at­ing ap­prox­i­mately $600 mil­lion in soft­wood ex­ports to the U.S. from our prov­ince. It is in the best in­ter­ests of all par­ties in­volved that the Cana­dian and U.S. gov­ern­ments reach a new Soft­wood Lumber Agree­ment in or­der to con­tinue our strong trade re­la­tion­ship, cre­ate cer­tainty for con­sumers and sup­port work­ing fam­i­lies and busi­nesses within the forestry sec­tor.

“We will stand with our forestry in­dus­try and the work­ers and fam­i­lies it sup­ports. Our gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to work with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and our lumber in­dus­try part­ners to ad­vo­cate on be­half of the Al­berta forestry sec­tor and the work­ers and com­mu­ni­ties it sup­ports, to de­fend our in­dus­try from po­ten­tial trade ac­tions.”

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