Canadian jobs and communities under attack from US industry

Free trade solution will benefit Canadians & Americans alike



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from BC Lumber Trade Council

    VANCOUVER, April 2 /PRNewswire/ - In an era when our two countries enjoy
 the biggest and best free trade relationship in the world, it is remarkable
 that Canada and the United States cannot enjoy the benefits of unfettered free
 trade in one of the most important commodities for both nations - softwood
 lumber.
     That's the message from the BC Lumber Trade Council as it stands ready to
 vigorously fight trade action launched today by the US lumber industry.
     "This legal process will inflict enormous damage not only on companies
 but also on Canadian workers, their families and entire communities, as well
 as American consumers. That's why we need to get free trade talks started at
 the highest level on an urgent basis," said David Emerson, Co-Chair of the BC
 Lumber Trade Council and President & CEO of Canfor Corporation, Canada's
 largest lumber producer.
     "The rules under which this case will be heard are incredibly biased and
 politicized and we are faced with arbitrary and retroactive penalties," said
 Jake Kerr, Co-Chair of the BCLTC and Chairman of Lignum Ltd. "The battle may
 be a long and costly one, but there is no denying we have the best team and we
 are extremely confident that ultimately we will be proven right, as we have
 been proven right before."
     "Our nations now enjoy a huge, mutually beneficial free trade agreement,
 with this glaring exception," said Duncan Davies, Co-Chair BCLTC and President
 & CEO of Interfor. "If the Americans want free trade in energy, airplanes and
 apples, they can't be against free trade in softwood lumber."
     "The US lumber industry doesn't get it. Just because our forest
 management system is different, that does not add up to a subsidy for our
 producers," added Bob Plecas, President of the BC Lumber Trade Council.
 
     The BC Lumber Trade Council is the voice for BC companies involved in the
 $10 billion Canada-United States trade in softwood lumber. The council
 represents more than 100 companies in the lumber industry. These companies
 account for 95 percent of the total BC lumber production, about 50% of
 Canadian lumber production and about 50% of Canadian lumber exports to the US.
 
 

SOURCE BC Lumber Trade Council
    VANCOUVER, April 2 /PRNewswire/ - In an era when our two countries enjoy
 the biggest and best free trade relationship in the world, it is remarkable
 that Canada and the United States cannot enjoy the benefits of unfettered free
 trade in one of the most important commodities for both nations - softwood
 lumber.
     That's the message from the BC Lumber Trade Council as it stands ready to
 vigorously fight trade action launched today by the US lumber industry.
     "This legal process will inflict enormous damage not only on companies
 but also on Canadian workers, their families and entire communities, as well
 as American consumers. That's why we need to get free trade talks started at
 the highest level on an urgent basis," said David Emerson, Co-Chair of the BC
 Lumber Trade Council and President & CEO of Canfor Corporation, Canada's
 largest lumber producer.
     "The rules under which this case will be heard are incredibly biased and
 politicized and we are faced with arbitrary and retroactive penalties," said
 Jake Kerr, Co-Chair of the BCLTC and Chairman of Lignum Ltd. "The battle may
 be a long and costly one, but there is no denying we have the best team and we
 are extremely confident that ultimately we will be proven right, as we have
 been proven right before."
     "Our nations now enjoy a huge, mutually beneficial free trade agreement,
 with this glaring exception," said Duncan Davies, Co-Chair BCLTC and President
 & CEO of Interfor. "If the Americans want free trade in energy, airplanes and
 apples, they can't be against free trade in softwood lumber."
     "The US lumber industry doesn't get it. Just because our forest
 management system is different, that does not add up to a subsidy for our
 producers," added Bob Plecas, President of the BC Lumber Trade Council.
 
     The BC Lumber Trade Council is the voice for BC companies involved in the
 $10 billion Canada-United States trade in softwood lumber. The council
 represents more than 100 companies in the lumber industry. These companies
 account for 95 percent of the total BC lumber production, about 50% of
 Canadian lumber production and about 50% of Canadian lumber exports to the US.
 
 SOURCE BC Lumber Trade Council