Ontario Standing with Forestry Workers and Businesses
Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry released the following statement today on U.S. duties on Ontario's softwood lumber:
"Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the final rates for the unjustified and punitive duties on Ontario's softwood lumber producers and remanufacturers. Ontario and Canadian companies export their high-quality lumber at fair market prices, and these taxes are protectionism -- plain and simple.
We know that fair and open trade is the best outcome for people and businesses on both sides of the border. As we have done in the past, we will continue to fight against this 'Buy American' mentality that is driving up the price of lumber across the border in a time of increasing need and further pricing middle-class Americans out of home ownership.
The Government of Ontario will continue to stand with our forestry sector -- creating opportunity for the many families in over 260 communities across our province that depend on it.
Working alongside Ontario's Chief Negotiator, Jim Peterson, we will continue to vigorously represent Ontario's interests in the U.S. and push the federal government to fight for a fair deal for our companies."