Statement on Softwood Lumber

Photo3_Maibec St-PamphileBernard Généreux, Chair of the Conservative Party Quebec caucus and Member of Parliament for Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup, supports the comments made by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Jean.

Mr. Lebel made the following statement regarding the negotiations on a new softwood lumber deal between Canada and the United States:

“Prime Minister Trudeau has not produced results to follow up on his commitment to the Canadian forest industry, and his failure will impact on all regions of the country. From British Columbia to Quebec to the Maritimes, every province may be facing significant job losses. And that is all the more worrisome for my riding, where approximately 70% of the economy depends on the forestry industry. The imposition of new export tariffs on wood would have devastating effects on an already fragile economy, and it’s unfortunate that Justin Trudeau and his Liberal colleagues continue to stand idly by.”

We remind you that on May 6, Bernard Généreux participated in a meeting with representatives of the three sawmills located along the border in the riding of Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup, namely Jean-Paul Carrier of Matériaux Blanchet inc. and Charles Tardif of Maibec inc. in St-Pamphile and Frédérick Lebel of Bois Daaquam inc. in St-Just de Bretennières, with regard to maintaining their special status. The MP concluded his statement by stressing that the forest industry is an important facet of the regional economy, and that he is committed to defending it.