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Horgan Vows to Fight Announced Softwood Lumber Duties

Posted November 03, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(CTV News)

B.C. Premier John Horgan is promising to fight the steep softwood lumber duties announced Wednesday by the U.S. government amid fears they could lead to job losses in the province.

America’s Department of Commerce is imposing determination duties of 20.83 per cent to most Canadian softwood shipments entering the country, and while they are lower than the preliminary rates announced earlier this year, Horgan said they are still unfair and unfounded.

“The softwood lumber dispute affects tens of thousands of B.C. workers, it affects communities right across British Columbia,” he said in a press conference Thursday. “We will continue to defend our interests. We will prevail. We have prevailed time after time and we will prevail again.” Click here to read more.

Related: ‘It’s gonna be painful’: New Brunswick Braces for New Softwood Lumber Tariffs (CBC News)