Al­berta de­fends forestry in­dus­try

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

Min­is­ter of Agriculture and Forestry Oneil Car­lier and Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Trade Deron Bilous is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment in re­sponse to the fi­nal coun­ter­vail and anti-dump­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion is­sued by the U.S. gov­ern­ment against Cana­dian soft­wood lum­ber ex­ports:

“We stand firmly be­hind Al­berta fam­i­lies, work­ers and com­mu­ni­ties that rely on a strong and ro­bust forestry in­dus­try. We won’t leave them in the lurch.

“We’re frus­trated that our neigh­bour to the south is tak­ing un­fair and puni­tive ac­tions against a long­time, re­li­able and re­spon­si­ble trading part­ner.

“We’ve seen this story be­fore and we know how it ends. This is the fifth time since 1982 that the U.S. has in­ves­ti­gated al­leged Cana­dian lum­ber sub­si­dies. In each case, in­ter­na­tional tri­bunals have ruled in Canada’s favour. We are con­fi­dent that we will be vin­di­cated yet again.

“These ac­tions will drive lum­ber prices much higher in the U.S., will hurt their own peo­ple eco­nom­i­cally, crip­ple job cre­ation, nat­u­ral dis­as­ter re­cov­ery and ham­per home own­er­ship.

“Our soft wood lum­ber en­voy Gary Doer, and of­fi­cials at the Al­berta of­fice in Wash­ing­ton D.C. are meet­ing with Amer­i­can in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions, Cana­dian and Amer­i­can of­fi­cials and other prov­inces to work to­gether as we pre­pare to re­spond.

“We will vig­or­ously de­fend our­selves and we will con­tinue to work closely with our forestry sec­tor, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and other pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial gov­ern­ments to mount the most ef­fec­tive de­fence we can.

“We will con­tinue to work with our part­ners to ne­go­ti­ate a bet­ter out­come for Al­berta’s forestry in­dus­try, and we will con­tinue di­ver­si­fy­ing our mar­kets to en­sure our prod­ucts are sold around the world so we can sup­port job cre­ation in Al­berta’s for­est com­mu­ni­ties.”

We will vig­or­ously de­fend our­selves and we will con­tinue to work closely with our forestry sec­tor, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and other pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial gov­ern­ments to mount the most ef­fec­tive de­fence we can.

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