Doherty Urges ‘Strong Leadership’ on Softwood File
Prince George, B.C. – Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty has weighed in on the softwood anti-dumping duties imposed on Canadian softwood producers by the U.S. yesterday.
The preliminary anti-dumping rates imposed were: Canfor 7.72 per cent, Resolute 4.59 per cent, Tolko 7.53 per cent, West Fraser 6.76 per cent and 6.87 per cent for ‘all others.’
The rates are in addition to the preliminary countervailing duties imposed in April and result in a combined duty rate ranging from 26.75 per cent to 30.88 per cent for B.C. producers.
“Canadian forestry workers deserve stability and predictability from their government, but Liberal inaction has put whole communities that rely on the lumber industry at risk,” he said in a prepared statement.
“Our small and medium sized producers cannot afford to wait out a costly dispute with the World Trade Organization that could take years to resolve. The Liberals have pitted one region against another forcing some provinces to appoint their own US envoys and setting their own defensive and offensive positions.”
He adds: “By not immediately intervening, the Prime Minister is once again proving that he is not interested in standing up for the Canadian forestry jobs from coast-to-coast-to coast.”
Doherty is a member of his party’s Taskforce on Softwood Lumber.