hU.S. caving: lumber group
The Canadian Lumber Trade Alliance believes the U.S. government is caving into pressure by about 50 per cent of U.S. lumber producers, represented by the U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports in a last ditch attempt to have a NAFTA extraordinary challenge committee reverse a NAFTA panel’s decision on threat of injury, the group said in a news release last week.
The U.S. government announced Wednesday by formally requesting that an extraordinary challenge committee review the decision that Canadian softwood imports pose no threat of injury to American producers.
“The request for an ECC will only extend the legal case and delay for several months the inevitable victory Canada has achieved through the NAFTA process,” the group said.
“The U.S. simply refuses to admit it was wrong to impose the 27 per cent duties on softwood lumber imports, which now have been proven not only by a NAFTA panel, but by a separate WTO (World Trade Organization) panel as well. Instead of accepting its mistake and revoking the illegal duties, the U.S. seems intent on finding a scapegoat, and the NAFTA panel is a convenient target.”
The CLTA will work closely with the government of Canada to defend Canada’s softwood lumber producers through the ECC process and is confident Canada will emerge victorious once again. No panel decision has ever been overturned by an ECC.
hChamber hosts Peter Rans
The Prince George Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon Dec. 8 featuring Dr. Peter Rans, director of co-op education at the University of British Columbia.
He will be discussing the program and its role in the future economic and cultural development of Prince George, as well as locking at the demographic labour force trends and how it may relate to co-op education.
The luncheon begins at noon at the Treasure Cove Casino’s show lounge. Tickets are $15 plus GST for members, and $20 plus GST for non-members.
The Chamber asks for RSVPs by Dec. 6. More information at 562-2454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.