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Quebec seeks exemption from softwood lumber duty

QUEBEC CITY, Que. -- Former Quebec premier, Pierre Marc Johnson, is planning to help the province fight the U.S.-im...


QUEBEC CITY, Que. — Former Quebec premier, Pierre Marc Johnson, is planning to help the province fight the U.S.-imposed 19.3 per cent softwood lumber tariff.

Johnson insists that Quebec companies pay stumpage fees that should compensate for the duty.

Premier Bernard Landry plans to bring up the issue at the annual meeting of New England governors and eastern Canada premiers in Connecticut Aug. 27 to 29.

But Johnson’s help is welcomed by government officials who hope to get an exemption for Quebec logging companies.

“He has lots of contacts in Washington and is very experienced in international trade issues,” International Trade Minister spokesman Sebastien Theberge told local media. “Any ally in this case is welcome.”


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