â€œThe Liberal government failed to get the job done before time ran out. Workers cannot afford to be caught in the middle of another softwood lumber trade war,â€� said NDP Trade Critic, Tracey Ramsey (Essex). â€œThe Minister refused to give any assurances to workers who want to know what her government will do to protect forestry jobs in Canada.â€�
The NDP spent the last few weeks urging the government to secure a deal that respects the significant regional differences in Canadaâ€™s forestry sector and one that protects Canadian jobs. The 2006 SLA expired on October 12, 2015, but included a 12-month standstill provision that prevented the U.S. from applying anti-dumping or countervailing duties. The Liberal government had until today to get a new deal for the Canadian Forestry industry.
â€œAs Canadian companies face a new round of unfair trade measures from the US, what measures will the Liberal government now take to support this industry?â€� asked Ramsey. â€œThis failure from the Liberals to secure a new agreement for the forestry industry could lead to a loss of up to 22,000 Canadian jobs.â€�
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