Todd Doherty, Member of Parliament for Cariboo – Prince George issued the following statement regarding the expiry of the Softwood Lumber Agreement.
“Today, Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government failed Canadian forestry workers and their families. Without a new agreement in place, Canadian forestry operations are faced with the prospect of costly U.S. duties on lumber that will force producers to shut down. From the forest to the mill, almost 400,000 well-paying, high-quality forestry jobs are now at risk.”
The last softwood lumber dispute cost the Canadian forestry sector $5.3 billion and was settled by the previous Conservative government negotiating an agreement within three months of coming into office in 2006.