PG MPs Named to Softwood Lumber Task Force
Prince George, B.C. – Two Prince George MPs have been named to the Conservative party’s new Softwood Lumber Taskforce.
Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty and Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer are among six Conservatives on the taskforce which the party says has been created to hold the Trudeau government accountable in its softwood lumber trade dispute with the United States.
This after the federal government failed to strike a new softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. to replace the one-year interim deal that expired last week which the party says has left “thousands employed in the forestry sector across Canada anxious and uneasy.”
“We are a group of MPs who are tired of the Liberal government mismanaging this very important file,” says Doherty. “We will make sure the Liberals don’t forget about the workers and communities affected by their trade war. We will talk to companies, workers and community leaders from coast to coast to coast, bring them together, and see if we can chart a path forward to solve this problem.”
The Conservatives say the last softwood lumber dispute cost the Canadian forestry sector $5.3 billion and was settled just three months after Stephen Harper became prime minister in 2006.
The other taskforce members are:
Cheryl Gallant – Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke
Denis Lebel – Lac-Saint-Jean
Randy Hoback – Prince Albert
Gerry Ritz – Battlfords-Lloydminster