THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Letter: U.S. tariffs on pulp industry unfair

MP slams Prime Minister for failing to secure new agreement with U.S.

Editor,

It is extremely disappointing that the current U.S. administration has, once again, made the decision to impose unfair tariffs, this time on Canada’s pulpwood industry.

The forest industry is the economic backbone for many B.C. communities; there are approximately 21 pulp and paper operations throughout the province, employing tens of thousands of B.C. residents. B.C.’s forest industry employs hundreds of thousands of B.C. residents and contributes billions to the B.C. economy. These tariffs will have a crippling impact on the communities throughout our riding of Cariboo-Prince George and our province.

They come at a time when our rural communities, which depend on our forestry industry, are facing more and more uncertainty in the wake of the 2017 wildfire season.

Unfortunately, on the softwood file Canadians have seen from the very beginning that Justin Trudeau has failed to secure a new agreement.

Yesterday’s announcement is yet another example of his inability to get the job done when it matters the most.

Budget 2018 contained no new policies that will help Canadian workers deal with U.S. protectionist policies and trade disruptions.

It’s unacceptable that Justin Trudeau unveiled a federal budget that does not contain a contingency plan if NAFTA is terminated, or promote policies that make Canada a more attractive place to invest and do business.

We will continue to fight for hardworking families and the communities that will be severely impacted by these crippling tariffs.

Todd Doherty,

MP for Cariboo-Prince George

Just Posted

Military called in to remove inert practice round found in Quesnel industrial park

A maintenance worker mowing the grass found the round, which turned out to no longer be explosive

Ranch Musings: No-till pasture rejuvenation and sivopasture trials

Columnist David Zirnhelt is hosting a field day Aug. 29 in Beaver Valley

Meet Tour de North cyclist Chris Fedoruk

Quesnel man is a community rider with this year’s Cops for Cancer team

Forestry Ink: Forest tenure changes are occurring throughout the world

Regular columnist Jim Hilton writes about forest tenure and ownership

Quesnel Safeway honours its volunteer shoppers

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Safeway’s volunteer shopper program

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northeastern B.C. provincial park

Storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park

Most Read