NDP fails to intervene in softwood lumber dispute

VICTORIA (May 7, 2019) – On a day when the federal government is in Washington, D.C. to present Canada’s best arguments against punishing U.S. tariffs on our softwood lumber exports, John Horgan and the NDP continue to sit on their hands and do nothing.

“John Horgan campaigned on the promise of resolving the softwood lumber dispute,” said BC Liberal Forestry Critic John Rustad. “The premier flew to Washington a couple of years ago and we haven’t heard a word since. We have been losing five jobs a day in the forestry sector since John Horgan and the NDP assumed office, and the situation is only getting worse.”

Today’s one-day hearing by a NAFTA panel takes place amid falling lumber prices, timber shortages and shift reductions at B.C. mills, costing more and more jobs in the forest industry.

“Horgan was missing in action last March when a delegation of Canadian premiers attended the annual gathering of state governors in Washington, D.C. to garner support against the tariffs,” Rustad added. “For a premier who values his relationship with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee above that of his fellow Canadian premiers, it seems pretty clear that Horgan and the NDP won’t stand up for B.C. forestry workers.”



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