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Ontario Defends Free Trade and Fights for the Canadian Softwood Lumber Industry

TORONTO — Today, Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement in response to the US Department of Commerce’s third administrative review of Canadian softwood lumber duties:

“Ontario’s forest sector is vital to the livelihood and prosperity of our families and forest-dependant communities across the province. We will always defend our forestry workers and advocate the importance of free trade for the economic recovery of both Ontario and Canada.

Ontario welcomes the US Department of Commerce’s recent preliminary decision to decrease the unfair and unwarranted duty rates on Canadian softwood lumber exports.

While this news is welcome, we will continue to stand up for our forest industry and assert that all duty rates on Canadian softwood lumber exports be removed immediately.

These duties impose an unfair burden on forestry workers, their families, and the communities that depend on Ontario’s forest sector.

Ontario calls on the US to renew its commitment to free trade by removing these unwarranted duties on Canadian softwood lumber exports that punish consumers on both sides of the border with unnecessary costs.

We join with industry partners, provincial governments, and the Federal government in the continued support for the Canadian forest industry and free trade.”