Betty Hinton, MP Masthead
Member of Parliament for Kamloops Thompson Cariboo
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 27, 2003

Ottawa: MP Betty Hinton welcomed the World Trade Organization’s decision today - in favour of Canada - regarding the unfair countervailing duties placed on Canadian softwood lumber by the United States.

“This is encouraging but now we need a strong message from our federal government. Minister Pettigrew needs to go with this decision in hand and demand the return of the billion dollars in lumber tariffs unfairly collected by the U.S.,” said Hinton.

Hinton said the federal Liberals need to stand up and support Canadian forestry and the people who work in the industry.

“The one thing you can count on is the U.S. Department of Commerce will be strongly defending its lumber producers. The industry lobbyists in the U.S. have already been saying they will appeal and drag this out for as long as possible,” said Hinton.

Hinton believes it is now time the federal Liberals gave immediate attention to rectifying the wrong done to the country’s forestry industry.

“I’d like to see them take immediate action, encouraged, as everyone is, by the World Trade’s support of Canada’s forestry industry.”

“It’s the Liberal’s feet-dragging on the original softwood contract with the U.S. that created this mess. I’m hoping they will show leadership this time, not just lip service,” said Hinton.


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