Tracey calls on Liberals to support workers in softwood lumber fight

Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):  

Mr. Speaker, while the Liberals claimed that Canada would not be the target of Trump's trade policies, it is now clear that the U.S. wants to get tough on softwood lumber. Last week, the U.S. trade representative nominee said that softwood lumber is at the top of his list and that the U.S. industry wants quotas on Canadian imports. Any new deal must allow small producers to export and provide flexibility for the provinces. Without a deal, Canada's softwood lumber sector is braced for punishing duties of 25% or more.

Will the Liberals support the sector with loan guarantees and assistance for workers and communities?

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.):  

Mr. Speaker, we realize how important the forestry sector is to Canada, all regions of the country. We have begun to have very good conversations with our counterparts in the provinces that might be affected by American action. We are certain that we will offer a coordinated way of protecting the jobs that are of interest not only to us but to the entire country.