Opposition urges the Prime Minister to engage President Obama in the renegotiation of the Softwood Lumber Agreement
June 28, 2016
OTTAWA —Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition, the Hon. Denis Lebel, and the Official Opposition Critic for Asia-Pacific Gateway, Mr. Todd Doherty, denounce the Liberal Government’s inaction on the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement. “At the first visit in Washington, Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Obama gave themselves 100 days to find a negotiation framework. In light of the upcoming visit of President Obama to Ottawa for the North American Leaders Summit, there is nothing on softwood lumber,” said Mr. Lebel. In 2014, over 65% of our forestry exports went to the U.S., generating $20 billion for the Canadian economy and creating over 232,000 jobs in the forest industry. “A failure to re-negotiate one of the most important trade agreements between Canada and the United States is inexcusable. For a government that has an entire committee dedicated to the relations between our two countries, it is clear that the Liberals are once again failing to stand up for the hardworking Canadians employed in the forestry sector,” said Mr. Todd Doherty, MP for Cariboo Prince George. “In light of tomorrow’s North American Leaders Summit, it is time that the Prime Minister makes a serious commitment to discuss this issue with President Obama, and provides details on the renegotiation of the Softwood Lumber Agreement. The Official Opposition will not let the Liberal Government abandon another resource industry in Canada,” concluded the Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition.