OTTAWA CONSIDERING RETALIATORY MOVE AGAINST U.S. OVER SOFTWOOD LUMBER
May 05, 2017
By Bob Komsic
The Trudeau government’s looking into possibly responding to the recently imposed duties on softwood lumber by Washington.
Ottawa’s threatening multiple actions as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sent a letter to B.C. Premier Christy Clark, informing her he’s seriously thinking about her request for a ban on thermal coal exports and that it’s being examined by federal trade officials.
Clark released a statement in response.
”I would like to thank Prime Minister Trudeau for his quick action to look at banning thermal coal exports through British Columbia and his commitment to stand up for B.C. and Canadian forest workers.”
Nearly all the thermal coal shipped through B.C. comes from the U.S. and is bound for Asia but Alberta also ships it to B.C.’s coast.
Secondly, Ottawa’s contemplating duties against Oregon industries after finding several state business-assistance programs the federal government says might constitute illegal subsidies.
Government sources say the threat has nothing to do with President Trump and that a long-term deal on softwood lumber would be the best way to prevent the dispute from heating up.