Nova Scotia hopeful our limited crown land remains an asset in trade talks

“[Nova Scotia Trade Minister Michel] Samson, Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines, as well as representatives from the provincial lumber industry travelled to the U.S. capitol to meet with David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and Zoltan van Heyningen, executive director of the United States Lumber Coalition and its legal counsel.

“…Because most wood in Atlantic Canada is cut on land owned by private business instead of Crown land, as is the case in the rest of the country, in the past U.S. industry has not seen it as an unfairly subsidized resource. “I think there’s a recognition by everyone that Nova Scotia has had competitive stumpage rates on both Crown land and on private land, and that there’s no sign of any subsidization in Nova Scotia,” Samson told the Chronicle Herald.” View CH:Nova Scotia officials optimistic softwood lumber deal can be reached (Jan 17, 2017)

For a U.S. perspective on the trade agreement overall, view Adam Smith Project: Trade splinter won’t go away by Chris Gillis, Jan 17, 2017

Nova Scotia lumber exports to the United States were worth $85 million in 2014 according to a NS Intergovernmental Affairs Press Release (Oct 12, 2016). “There are about 600 direct jobs associated with Nova Scotia sawmills and the forestry industry supports 11,500 direct and indirect jobs.”

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