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Softwood Lumber Decision: Ministers Dreeshen and Fir

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen and Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Tanya Fir issued the following statements on softwood lumber:

Softwood Lumber Decision: Ministers Dreeshen and Fir

“We are disappointed with the U.S. International Trade Commission’s finding that Canadian softwood lumber hurts the U.S. industry. Alberta will continue to support Canada in defending our forest sector through litigation and appeals, including at the World Trade Organization. We will continue making our case until it’s understood that the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber trade creates benefits on both sides of the border. The imposition of U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber is completely baseless.”Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

“We are disappointed that the faulty assertion that Canada’s softwood lumber industry is harmful to the U.S. continues to be promoted. Alberta will continue to support the Canadian government as it presses for fair rulings on the softwood lumber duties unfairly imposed on our industry. Free flow of trade is vital to prosperity in both nations.”Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism

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