CPC Motion: Support for Forestry Workers (Softwood Lumber)

First reading.




Despite the $867 million forestry support package our Government announced in June, Opposition parties continue to link any debate on support for the forest sector to the government’s perceived inability to re-negotiate a Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA). Opposition MPs have persistently and aggressively questioned the government on how they will support the forest industry and its work force, particularly in light of the expiration of the SLA.  Since the expiry of the 2006 Canada-United States Softwood Lumber Agreement, our government has been working hard to negotiate a new deal with the US. Minister Freeland raises the issue whenever she speaks with Commerce Secretary Ross, and the Prime Minister has repeatedly discussed softwood lumber with President Trump, including as recently as October 16.