The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, issued a statement after the United States Department of Commerce imposed duties on certain Canadian softwood lumber imported into the United States (US).
In the statement, the ministers stated that, “Canada’s forest industry sustains hundreds of thousands of good, middle-class jobs in communities across our country. Many regions across Canada depend on its continued success. The forest industry is one of the most innovative sectors of our economy, developing new products and expanding its markets overseas while ensuring our environment is protected for future generations.”
The Government of Canada is strongly disputing the US Department of Commerce’s determination to impose the duties on the softwood lumber, saying that it would affect workers both in Canada and the US, and will raise costs for American families “who want to build or renovate homes.”
The statement detailed the additional costs American families would have to bear, saying that, “The US National Association of Home Builders has calculated that a US$1,000 increase in the cost of a house would put home ownership beyond the reach of more than 150,000 American families, and jeopardise thousands of jobs in the American home construction industry.”
Already the Canadian Government has taken action to help the companies, local communities, and workers affected by the tariffs.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland and the honourable Jim Carr issued these joint statements as well:
- “Canada will continue to press their American counterparts to rescind this unfair and unwarranted trade action. We are committed to working with the US Administration to achieve a durable solution.”
- “Canada has put forward a number of reasonable proposals to the current US Administration that is responsive to views expressed by US industry. These proposals ensure security of supply at fair prices to US consumers and US companies that rely on Canadian imports.”
- “We remain confident that a negotiated settlement is not only possible but in the best interests of both countries.”
Source: Government of Canada