The Alberta government is throwing its support behind the Canadian lumber industry.
It follows an announcement earlier today from the U.S. Lumber Coalition that it has submitted a petition to the American government requesting an investigation into the softwood lumber dispute. The coalition is asking the U.S. government to impose duties on Canadian exporters.
A statement released on Friday reads;
“The forestry sector is an important contributor to the economy on both sides of the border, employing nearly 20,000 Albertans in more than 70 communities and generating approximately $600 million in softwood exports to the U.S. from our province.”
The statement goes on to say that it is in the “best interests” of both countries that a new agreement on softwood lumber is reached.
“We will stand with our forestry industry and the workers and families it supports. Our government will continue to work with the federal government and our lumber industry partners to advocate on behalf of the Alberta forestry sector and the workers and communities it supports.”
The U.S. Lumber Coalition alleges that provincial governments provide trees to Canadian producers at rates below market value, along with other subsidies. It says that has meant Canadian lumber is sold for less than fair value in the U.S.