Softwood Lumber Battle Heating Up
Prince George, B.C.- The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled on the allegations of unfair trade practices against Canadian softwood lumber producers, and says there is “injury” .
The ruling means the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigation to Canada and Canadian softwood lumber producers.
“These are allegations that, time after time, have been proven to be false before NAFTA and World Trade Organization tribunals” says B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Steve Thomson. He says the province’s forest policies are “trade compliant” and that the issue can only be resolved with “a fair, negotiated trade agreement with the United States, not more litigation.”
He says the allegations are unfounded, and will hurt American consumers, making housing affordability more difficult. “It is in the best interest of both sides to quickly come to terms on a deal and get back to focusing on growing our respective economies rather than wasting time, energy and resources in costly litigation” says Minister Thomson.
Despite calling for a fair negotiated deal to replace the expired Softwood Lumber Agreement, Thomson says BC is prepared to stand with Ottawa and fight the allegations “We are confident we will win yet again.”