OTTAWA, ON — Official Opposition Critic for Asia Pacific Gateway Todd Doherty issued the following statement today regarding the expiration of the Canada – US Softwood Lumber Agreement. “Having had the opportunity to meet with members of the forestry industry this week, it is clear that procrastination on this file is inexcusable. For a government that has dedicated an entire cabinet committee to Canada – US relations, it appears that the Liberals are more interested in state dinners than fighting for the hardworking Canadians employed by the forestry sector.” In 2014, more than 65% of forestry exports were delivered to the United States, generating $20 billion for the Canadian economy and creating over 232,000 jobs in the forestry sector in Canada. “I call on the Prime Minister to commit to speaking with President Obama about this issue immediately, and to make public details about a renegotiation of the Softwood Lumber Agreement. The Official Opposition will not allow this new Liberal Government to abandon yet another resource sector in this country.”