U.S. softwood lumber duties will be fought, federal and provincial governments say

By Marcia Love
The Whitecourt Star
November 14, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Both federal and provincial government officials say they will continue to stand up for the lumber industry and fight protectionist trade measures following the United States Department of Commerce’s announcement on softwood lumber duties earlier this month. …”Personally, I’m angry and frustrated that the Americans have yet again taken this tact. This is the fifth time that we’re going to argue the Softwood Lumber Agreement,” said Oneil Carlier, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister and Whitecourt-Ste. Anne MLA. “We’re going to win in the long run, but we’re going to have to put up a fight and we will.” Deron Bilous, Alberta Economic Development and Trade Minister, stated he was confident that this dispute would be ruled in Canada’s favour but that the forestry industry would be “in for a rough ride” until then.

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