Runciman speaks out against U.S. subsidy ruling in softwood lumber trade case
TORONTO, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade Bob Runciman reacted strongly to today's preliminary subsidy ruling against Canada by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The ruling will result in preliminary duties being applied to all imports of softwood lumber from Ontario and other provinces.
"We oppose this ruling, although we are not surprised," said Minister Runciman. "It's an example of how the U.S. government signals to industry south of the border that it is protecting its interests by taking allegations of unfair trading practices seriously."
"Past experience has demonstrated to us that high preliminary rulings on subsidy are dismissed, either at the final determination stage, or on appeal," the Minister added. "Our government will continue to work with our softwood lumber industry to fight these unjust allegations of subsidy."
Both the Ontario government and the softwood lumber industry oppose a settlement that would involve export controls.
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