There is support from across the B.C. political spectrum for a federal aid package designed to help the Canadian forestry sector through the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S.
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announced the 867 million dollar package Thursday to help lumber producers and forestry workers cope with punishing trade tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Canadian softwood exports.
In a statement, Premier Christy Clark says the funding will help the 60,000 B.C. forest sector and their communities that will bear the brunt of the trade battle.
BC NDP leader John Horgan says there’s no greater economic issue right now facing BC than reaching a stable, long-term softwood lumber agreement with the U.S.
Horgan calls Ottawa’s aid package a “good start”, but he expects that B.C.’s share will reflect the fact that the province puts out about fifty per cent of Canada’s softwood lumber exports.
(with files from the Canadian Press)