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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 12:39 pm

<strong>Written By:</strong> jensonj
<strong>Date:</strong> 2005-11-23 11:39:00
<a href="/article/163931873-coalition-for-fair-lumber-imports-blasts-canadas-1-billion-dollar-subsidy-anno">Article Link</a>

Mr. Swanson explained that "there remains very little that the Canadian taxpayers are not underwriting for their lumber industry." "First Canadian lumber producers benefit from a multi-billion dollar annual taxpayer-funded forest subsidy, then Canadian taxpayers reimburse Canada's lumber companies for having to comply with the U.S. trade laws, and lastly Canadian taxpayers pay for the Canadian lumber industry's legal and public relations campaign costs," Mr. Swanson stated. Now the Canadian taxpayer will provide an additional $1 billion dollars worth of subsidies for their industry to "ride-out" the trade dispute.

Mr. Cullen concluded by stating that "you can call this package whatever you want, but at the end of the day it simply is a $1 billion dollar subsidy on top of billions of dollars of other annual taxpayer-funded subsidies." These enormous subsidies are a particularly destructive step given the need to work together to resolve this trade dispute through negotiations.

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[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 23, 2005]

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:22 pm

Thanks for posting this, it is an excellent statement recognizing the Canadian subsidies in place, and the new one proposed.

" the end of the day it simply is a $1 billion dollar subsidy on top of billions of dollars of other annual taxpayer-funded subsidies..."

No wonder the Americans are pissed at Canada!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:36 pm

Basically more whine from another american protectionist group. yawwwwwn.

Maybe if America did not charge us unfair duties (steal is more like it) as NAFTA ruled they did and paid us back the billions they owe us, there would be no need for any new subsidies.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:12 pm

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Canada's actions illustrate what the United States has been saying all along: the Canadian industry is the beneficiary of subsidies that create an unlevel playing field to the detriment of the U.S.," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement.<br />
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Canada ships about $6 billion in softwood lumber such as spruce, fir and pine to the United States each year. Washington argues the lumber is unfairly subsidized and has slapped countervailing and anti-dumping duties on the imports.<br />
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"While we continue to believe that a long-term durable settlement is the only way to resolve this dispute, Canada's actions complicate our attempts to reach a negotiated solution," Portman said.<br />
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On Tuesday the United States said it had cut its countervailing duties on Canadian lumber to effectively zero, or "de minimis," in order to comply with a North American Free Trade Agreement panel ruling, but added it was considering an appeal. Washington said, however, that as long as the litigation was ongoing, it would continue to collect the countervailing duties, currently set at 16 percent.<br />
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"At the same time a NAFTA panel has directed the Department of Commerce to find that Canadian subsidies are de minimis, Canada announces over a billion dollars in aid," Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez said in a statement.<br />
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"This just goes to show that Canada will continue to funnel vast amounts of assistance to its industry. We will continue to insist that (the) subsidies be eliminated by all means at our disposal."

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