Statement from Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations critic John Rustad on softwood lumber duties

 

“We are disappointed with the news today that Canada and U.S were unable to reach a deal regarding softwood lumber duties. We have always supported fair and open trade with the United States and it is unfair and unwarranted that the U.S Lumber Coalition continues to put their financial interests over the interests of the millions of people this affects.

“We support taking legal action to defend our lumber industry and we will do whatever we can to protect and support the jobs and economy in British Columbia that depend on the forestry industry. It’s unfortunate that the Premier has been misleading in his previous comments on this file, giving people hope that an easy deal was imminent and that a quick trip to Washington was all it would take to settle this once and for all.

“B.C. represents more than 50 per cent of Canadian softwood exports and we need to reassert ourselves as the true leader on this issue. The BC Liberals remain committed to fighting for our province’s forestry industry, jobs and international reputation as a world-leader in international trade.”