Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr assured that discussions remain ongoing over the United States’ Department of Commerce decision to end the exclusion on Canadian softwood lumber from countervailing duties.
“This is not new,” said Carr, while touring H. J. Crabbe & Sons Ltd. lumber mill in Florenceville-Bristol, NB. “To come to New Brunswick is to remember that the first lumber dispute was actually in 1829 between New Brunswick and Maine.”
Premier Brian Gallant also toured the location which employs approximately 50 people.
With talks continuing, Gallant said he is optimistic a resolution which benefits Canadians will be reached as it would be one that would benefit the U.S. as well.
“It’s important not only here for jobs across the country,” Gallant said. “But it’s also important to keep costs low for families in the U.S.
The countervaling decision is the first of two U.S. Department of Commerce decisions on lumber, an anti-dumping determination is expected sometime in June.