Speaking up for Forestry Workers and Communities
Prince George, B.C. – With forestry companies facing duties and tariffs in the wake of U.S. litigation against Canadian softwood lumber, there are concerns some B.C. communities will be hit hard. That’s why Council for the City of Prince George is being called upon to support a special resolution.
The report from the Mayor on this matter states the expiration of the Softwood Lumber agreement could have a devastating impact on “forest dependent communities, mills, industry workers, businesses and residents.”
There are worries some mills may be forced to close because the companies cannot carry the extra financial burden being created by the U.S. imposed duties and tariffs.
The resolution calls for the City to support a campaign “aimed at securing, through fair negotiation with the United States, a softwood lumber agreement that puts the interests of communities, forestry workers and their families first.”
The report makes no mention of what such a campaign might entail, or costs associated with supporting this effort.
BC communities will also hit hard when we run out of fibre. There is not a never ending supply out there. Time to think of the future.
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