Friday, June 02, 2006

Is There Or Isn't There....

.....A Softwood Lumber Agreement?

From Gordon Hamilton in yesterday's Vancouver Sun:

"I can confirm there are two drafts [from the two governments], and that they are radically different," (John Allan, president of the B.C. Lumber Trade Council) said in an interview Wednesday after addressing a House of Commons all-party committee on softwood lumber.....


The Canadian draft states that the tax would be applied to the value of timber produced by the first mill to saw the logs. The U.S. draft contains the first mill principle, but then defines an independent producer in language that would exclude virtually every independent B.C. remanufacturer from the clause.

"The U.S. is imposing conditions on us so that almost nobody would qualify [for the reduced tax]."


Two drafts??

Each radically different from the other???

By whose definition is such a situation an 'agreement' anyway????

It couldn't possibly be that of the MP from CanforcouverKingsway, could it?????


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