Statement on Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute and exporting of raw logs

On Monday, May 1st, 2017 in Communiqués

Elizabeth released the following statement on the latest developments in the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute:

“Canada and the U.S. had an opportunity to put a new softwood lumber deal in place during the Obama administration. Instead, thousands of jobs are now under threat and dozens of mills face closure after surprise and steep tariffs from an unpredictable Trump administration,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands).

“As we move to cautiously renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada has the power to defend our forestry industry and put an end to exporting raw logs. For years, Greens have advocated to keep our value-added jobs in Canada by implementing a substantial whole log export tax,” Ms. May said. “I’m pleased to see Trump agree to a NAFTA renegotiation rather than a full exit, as this extreme measure would have thrown billions of dollars in cross-border trade into disarray.”

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  • IanCameron

    Hear, hear. I have a friend in the US, a high-end domestic achitect. He recently asked me to contract with a Vancouver Island mill for several thousand board feet of first grade (old growth if possible, but mature second growth if need be) Doug Fir. It is his opinion that sales finalized before any US import duties are imposed will not have to pay the duties, and his clients want BC fir, as opposed to what is currently for sale in the USA. According to him, most US lumber is garbage, and he cannot depend on US suppliers to sort the good from the bad.

    I think that a Canadian tax on raw logs, and even on prime BC fir lumber exports, would be to our advantage.

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