The softwood lumber trade dispute with the U.S. was prominent in this morning’s media availability with Skeena riding MP Nathan Cullen.
Cullen calls the tariffs that were imposed this week illegal and adds they will hit smaller operations particularly hard.
He says the Trudeau government could have averted the tariffs, but didn’t have a plan in place despite assurances they did.
One First Nations lumber operation is feeling the impact of the retroactive tariffs. Kyahwood Forest Products operates out of Moricetown and is owned by the band.
In a press release, the company says it’ll owe approximately $380,000 for tariffs dating back 90-days, with future payments to be pre-paid.
Adding a 10 per cent anti-dumping duty set to be imposed in June, will have a crippling impact on its cash flow.
The company points to the ripple effect a closure will have on the village, saying local businesses will lose out on the $2-million the company provides in annual payroll and the $5-million the company spends on supplies.
Gary McKinnon is with the company and says while the company’s operations are safe for now, he hopes help will be coming.
The company states nearly all of their staff are Aboriginal.