Canadian Jobs Threatened With no New Softwood Lumber Deal in Sight


MONTREAL – After yesterday’s announcement from Liberal Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland that a new softwood lumber deal has not yet been reached, NDP Critic for International Trade, Tracey Ramsey (Essex), is warning that the failure to reach a new deal will soon hurt Canadian companies and workers.

“If a new agreement isn’t reached soon, Canadian producers will face costly litigation from the U.S. and thousands of good Canadian lumber jobs will be jeopardized,” said Ramsey. “The Liberal government must get the job done before time runs out. Workers cannot afford to be caught in the middle of another softwood lumber trade war.”

The NDP is urging the government to secure a deal that respects the significant regional differences in Canada’s forestry sector and that protects Canadian jobs. They are also calling on the federal government to put forward a broader vision for supporting Canada’s forestry sector, which provides tens of thousands of good jobs and has high growth potential.

The 2006 SLA expired on October 12, 2015 but included a 12-month standstill provision that prevents the U.S. from applying anti-dumping or countervailing duties.

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For more information, please contact:
Melanie Sanderson, Legislative Assistant to Tracey Ramsey, 613-222-9943