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Newsprint tariffs will cost Canadians their jobs

January 10, 2018

Vancouver—A fresh round of unfair tariffs coming out of the U.S. Commerce Department—this time on Canadian-made newsprint—will only hurt workers in an industry already reeling from softwood duties.

“No forestry sector job is safe from Donald Trump’s recklessness,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The Trudeau government needs to take bold and confident action to protect Canadian workers.” 

The Trump government levied more duties on Canadian forestry products this week, this time taking aim at newsprint. This latest tariff adds an overall tax of 6.53 per cent on more that 20 plants across Canada and follows the outrageous 20.83 per cent combined duty imposed by the U.S. on Canadian softwood lumber in 2017.

“Forestry is as important to the Canadian economy as energy,” said Renaud Gagné, Unifor Quebec Director. “Fighting unfair trade sanctions has to be a top priority. Tens of thousands of jobs are at stake that will impact local communities, action is needed now.”

The federal government came to the aid of the softwood industry in May 2017 with a $867-million aid package, but Unifor says it is not a long-term solution for the more than 200,000 direct jobs in 650 communities across Canada.

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For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 604-726-0130 (cell). For French interviews please contact Marie-Andrée at marieandree.lheureux@unifor.org or 514-916-7373 (cell)