In Parliament: Dissenting Report on Softwood Lumber

On May 25, I presented to the House a dissenting response to the Natural Resource Committee's report on forestry. In particular, we wanted to emphasize the need for the government to negotiate a softwood lumber agreement with the US. Here is the transcript:

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour today of presenting to this House the dissenting report from the Conservative Party, the official opposition, on the forestry study that was undertaken by the natural resources committee.

I am proud to point out the importance of making sure we have a forestry strategy going forward that does take advantage of Canada's position in the world to actually mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and put forward an actual plan for planting two billion trees, which has been long on talk and short on action or planning at this point in time.

We also want to make sure that this report takes notice of all the communities and other parties that benefit from the forestry sector and puts an emphasis on their needs, including the need for the government to negotiate a softwood lumber agreement with our largest trading partner, the United States, which has not happened at this point in time. We need to put more focus on that in order for this industry to prosper.

The forestry report, and the dissenting report (which is an appendix to the main report) can be found here.