Fisheries and Land Resources
April 26, 2017

Minister Crocker to Participate in Task Force on Softwood Lumber

The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, is joining with the Federal Government and other Canadian provinces to express his disappointment with the American government’s decision to place tariffs on softwood lumber being exported to the United States from Canada.

Minister Crocker has accepted an invitation from the Federal Government to participate in the Federal-Provincial Task Group on Softwood Lumber. A conference call of this group is planned for tomorrow (Thursday, April 27).

The task force, chaired by federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr, will discuss the impacts from the United States Department of Commerce tariffs. It will inform the Federal Government’s domestic response, including potential opportunities to protect jobs, employment and community supports and targeted forestry investments.

Federal Minister of Global Affairs Chrystia Freeland is the lead on engagement and negotiations with the United States.

“As a government, we will work closely with our local industry that is impacted by the decision of the United States government. We will also be working hand-in-hand with our federal and provincial counterparts to continue to advocate on behalf of the softwood lumber industry. These are important discussions for our province and we will take every step to ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador’s interests are fully appreciated by the Federal Government and the United States.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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Statement by Canada on Softwood Lumber – external link

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2017 04 26                              3:35 p.m.