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Kenora jumps on softwood issue (April 25, 2002)

KENORA, Ont. -- Kenora council is sending a clear message to the federal government to fight the U.S. on the softwo...


KENORA, Ont. — Kenora council is sending a clear message to the federal government to fight the U.S. on the softwood tariffs imposed several months ago.

The first statement: “Whereas the American tariff against Canadian softwood lumber is an act of economic aggression against Canadian forest communities and workers,” really sets the tone for the rest of Kenora’s resolution, which was passed earlier this week.

The resolution goes on to condemn aggression by the American lumber producers against Canada’s forest industry, communities and workers.

Mayor Dave Canfield says the message to the federal government is to not give in to the U.S.

“What we’re saying is don’t back down,” he says to local media. “Once you give in you’re giving up your sovereignty.”

Thunder Bay is one of the first communities to pass the resolution and it is being presented at councils throughout Northwestern Ontario. The resolution originated with the Energy and Paper Workers Union of Canada.

“It has turned a light on,” says Canfield. He adds Canada should keep the wood, make products out of it and sell those in foreign markets.

His solution to overcome lost lumber sales to the U.S. is to expand value-added industries to use the wood in Canada.

The resolution will be forwarded to the Prime Minister, the federal Minister of Trade, Ontario’s Premier and Minister of Natural Resources as well as the local MP and MPP.


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