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October 27, 2017 5:50 pm

Cullen Says Ottawa “Missed Opportunity” to Resolve SLA

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 11:50 AM

Prince George, B.C. –  In the wake of countervailing  duties being levelled against  Canadian lumber  exports  to the U.S.,  Skeena Bulkley MP Nathan Cullen says  the dispute  didn’t have to happen.

Cullen  says a former  U.S. Trade representative  told the New York Times,  a proposal had been  put before the Canadian Government  while  Barrack Obama  was still in the Whitehouse, but Canada decided  not  to sign it  ” If we had a way to solve this and chose not to and waited for the Trump Administration to try and work out   a deal, then Trudeau’s government wasn’t paying attention to the campaign that was   going on in the U.S., because clearly, Trump is looking to  tighten their   border and close up trading routes. because that was part of his entire rhetoric for 18 months.”

He says the  need for a Softwood deal was being raised  in Ottawa long before the U.S. election and was  given new urgency following the vote  Stateside   “What I was hearing from   Congressional friends in Washington was that Softwood was going to  be made as the example  of the new Trump administration’s take on trade.  Everyone assumed  from the way Trump ran his campaign, and even since  he got  into office that Mexico  or China would be the first targets  Well whether it’s  softwood,  or dairy, or NAFTA at large, Canada  seems to be  the first target of this administration.”

He says the irony  is that  with  duties on Canadian Lumber,   American consumers  will be facing higher prices “Because   our wood is going to be  more expensive, but never combine the words Trump and logic in the same sentence because that’s not, obviously,  what’s going on here.”

While  the  big players in the lumber  sector  are likely to weather the storm  because of  diversification of markets  and large cash  deposits to cover those duties,   it is the  smaller operators  and the communities in which  they  are located that  will likely feel the hit.   Cullen says  more needs to be done  for those small communities which  are facing uncertainty.  “If we have layoffs,  we need to  have increases in EI and  training.  We need to further increase and diversify  our markets.”

He suggests  there be two tiers of funding be  made available to impacted communities  “To say Telkwa and Kelowna  should be able to compete fairly  is ignoring reality, that small communities seem to be at a perpetual disadvantage   in building up ur infrastructure  or even just repairing what  we have,  while the ‘haves’  have more  and the have nots  are left  behind.”


Canada First ! Buy Canadian !

Ok, if there is any advantage, than we will slap an export tax just for the United States. If that is what Trump wants we will oblige. So hopefully we don’t get accused of dumping our lumber.

Ok big ego man Cullen, why don’t you provide us with more info from your informants on why Canada should have signed an earlier deal? I’m edging to the side that we probably didn’t sign it because it was also a bad deal.

    Please keep your profanities to yourself.

funny, that Canfor and West Fraser shares are way up, since the announcement. They very wisely positioned themselves for this potential by buying operations in the southern states. They are in a position where they will profit either way, and the American consumer will pay for it. So buy shares.

Shares are up as tariffs not near as high as expected. More window dressing than anything else.

While politicians are playing the **woulda, coulda, shoulda, game we are fast approaching a disaster in BC’s lumber industry.

The duties put on by the Americans are retroactive to Feb 1/17 and apply to all the smaller mills in BC. (for some reason the large corporations were exempted from the retroactive ruling.) This means that the small mills have to come up with millions of dollars to put on deposit to cover the duties on lumber exported from Feb. 1st.

Those small mills could start to reduce costs and lay off employee’s as early as this Monday according to Todd Doherty in a story in the Citizen to-day.

We cannot afford to lose any more mills in BC, and certainly not in the interior.
If ever their was a time for a politician to stand up and be counted, now is the time.

If we lose mills, we lose jobs, ie; co-gen, pellet plants, finger joint mills, logging truck jobs, and sales of logging trucks, maintenance, tire, etc; etc;.

This is a much bigger problem than it appears on the surface. If we lose all these jobs, then we lose people, close schools, stores, and more lay offs take place. No business, or Government is going to get off scott free. In fact we could at some point be looking at losing our University or at the very least a consolidation of the University and the College.

This is very serious, and our politicians had better be looking after our interests on this file.

It is pretty easy for an MP sitting in the opposition benches to make statements like this. You aren’t at the negotiation table. You’re not even invited to the same parties.

Cullen, what’s he do again?

I don’t think that most people who post here get it. How many more mills, mines, plywood plants, pulp mills, have to close before it sinks in that we are in for a tough time in the Interior.

As an example we have only 200 more people in the work force to-day in BC than we had 15 years ago.

On the one hand we have Christy Clark, stating that the Federal Government should restrict exports of thermal coal through BC ports. If the Feds actually did that there would be more jobs lost. She makes this statement during an election, and at the same time as the new owners of coal mines in the Tumbler Ridge area are trying to get the three Walter Energy mines that shut down, up and running.

If I was in Tumbler Ridge I would be wondering why I should vote for Christy.

    The mills and plywood plants closed as a result of the beetle infestation-hard to keep the doors open without logs or peelers.

    Duh think Christy was talking about the 6.2 million metric tons of US coal that is exported each year from Vancouver port. Direct kick to Trump’s nads after all the promises he made to bring back coal jobs in hillbilly country.

    BTW Might be wromg but I think the coal that comes out of Tumbler is metallugical not thermal.

      Metallurgical and thermal. It doesn’t matter if the coal comes from the USA. If we close the ports the coals will go to US Ports, and BC Ports will lose the jobs.

      What Christy showed is that she is never really up to speed on any issue.

      Notice she never mentions how polluting LNG plants are. Seems she thinks it a good thing if we reduce pollution in China by reducing coal shipments, and supposedly forcing them to use LNG, however she overlooks the pollution we generate in BC by building LNG plants.

    An excellent example of a poster yapping off about something they only know 10% of the facts but make up some good bedtime stories to tell their kids.

    Do some research Palopu and maybe you will see how silly you look.

      I’ve done my research Tommy. Perhaps you in your wisdom can point out where I went wrong.

      When it comes to looking silly, you take the cake.

      OK Pal, did you research where California, Oregon and Washington are putting in legislation to restrict thermal coal ports. Their own states dont want the crap flowing through.

So in Cullens world we should have accepted a deal which most likely was far worse than the current tariffs. How do we know, who has seen the details of the previous offer? Obviously was not very good or it would have been accepted.

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