June 22, 2016
For Immediate Release
Ottawa, ON – Maxime Bernier, Leadership Candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada, today called upon Liberal Prime Minister Trudeau to roll-up his sleeves and get a softwood lumber deal signed with President Obama. He is making this call one week before the American President is set to address Canada’s Parliament in Ottawa.
Bringing together his experience as both the former Foreign Affairs Minister and Industry Minister, Mr. Bernier knows what it takes to negotiate with the US Government.
The previous deal has expired and the grace period given to Canadian forestry producers to avoid punishing US tariffs will be over in October, 2016. This would devastate an industry that pumps $20 billion a year into the economy and provides over 230,000 jobs.
Key Quotes by Maxime Bernier:
“The Trudeau government has had months to get a deal done and has failed to deliver for the hundreds of thousands of Canadians employed in the forestry sector.”
“The solution is simple – Trudeau needs to put our softwood producers first and make this the top priority of the Canada-US relationship.”