Minister Runciman rejects call for export tax on softwood lumber
TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Bob Runciman today rejected a call for a 15% export tax on softwood lumber to the United States, proposed by British Columbia's Doman Industries Limited, a lumber producer.
"We want to defend our softwood lumber industry in the current trade case with the United States. There should be no discussion of an export tax," said Runciman. "A tax flies in the face of competitiveness in the lumber industry and free trade."
Talks between Canada and the U.S. are ongoing in the current softwood lumber trade dispute. Representatives of Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources are attending those discussions.
"Ontario forestry practices are economically sound and fair," said Minister of Natural Resources, John Snobelen. "We are a world leader in environmental forestry practices that balances the needs of all forestry users and will sustain our forests for future generations."
"Ontario will continue to work with our softwood lumber industry to fight unjust allegations of subsidy by the U.S. We want to work towards a resolution that promotes free trade," said Runciman.
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For further information: Kathleen Klein, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, (416) 325-6994; Hal Vincent, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8779