BC Lumber industry rejects US claims

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The B.C. Lumber Trade Council dismissed
today the U.S. government's move to file for arbitration over claims that
Canada is not complying with the terms of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement,
and said that such claims are without merit.
    "We categorically reject the claims against the British Columbia
industry," said John Allan, President of the Lumber Trade Council. "We have
reviewed the negotiating history, our submissions on early drafts, and the
final language of the Agreement. From these reviews we have concluded that we
are in full compliance," stated Mr. Allan.
    Mr. Allan also stressed that the agreement has a built in arbitration
process and budget, and said that he has complete confidence that the
Government of Canada will defend the interests of the Canadian lumber

    The BC Lumber Trade Council represents the majority of lumber production
in British Columbia.

For further information:

For further information: John Allan, President, BC Lumber Trade Council,
(604) 891-1205

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