Coastal Forest Industry against calls for subsidies

    VANCOUVER, April 7 /CNW/ - Coast Forest Products Association is speaking
out against NDP Forest Critic Bob Simpson's call for the Government of Canada
and the Province of British Columbia to introduce forest subsidy programs that
would clearly put trade relations with the U.S. at risk, because these
subsidies jeopardize the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement.
    While most supporters of the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement would
concur that the agreement is not perfect, it has served coastal B.C. forest
products producers well during this difficult economic time. By eliminating
the risk of countervail and anti-dumping trade remedies being used against
B.C. workers and communities, our forest industry has been protected against
the politically motivated action of the U.S. forest industry.
    "Maintaining the integrity of the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement
and helping forestry workers and communities is possible without putting trade
with our biggest customer at risk," states Rick Jeffery, President & CEO of
Coast Forest Products Association. Coast Forest has been working tirelessly
with industry and governments to create positive hosting conditions that will
assist the industry when the market recovers. "Subsidies are not the answer,"
emphasizes Jeffery.

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