Kootenay Columbia MP hoping for quick and fair long term resolution to Softwood Lumber Dispute
The Kootenay Columbia MP has been meeting with lumber mill owners and managers across the riding
Wayne Stetski says everyone wants to see a quick, but fair, long term resolution when it comes to the Softwood Lumber Dispute between Canada and the USA...and he says it's important a resolution is reached before it gets bogged down in the broader NAFTA Renegotiations which being next week.
Stetski thinks an agreement is possible, saying this week the Minister responsible for trade agreement hinted that she could see the outline of an agreement coming forward.
In June, the Liberals introduced temporary measures to help the lumber industry in Canada.
None of mills in the Kootenay Columbia riding are participating in the measures.
He says they all agreed they all want a deal sooner rather than later, and while the bigger mills would like a new agreement similar to the one that expired in 2015, a number of the smaller mills would prefer a quota based approach, rather than a duty based deal.