Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
The motion I'm moving today is, I believe, of importance on an issue that could have significant implications for the Canadian forestry sector, which, as we know, employs hundreds of thousands of Canadians across the country and has particular significance in regions like British Columbia, Quebec and the Atlantic.
The U.S. Department of Commerce's preliminary determination on new combined tariff rates mean the tariffs will be doubled across the board on Canadian softwood exports if they come into force. Therefore, this motion is quite timely so that we can hear from Minister Ng and our officials on the plan to address this issue with our U.S. counterparts and stakeholders, and so that these preliminary determinations do not become final and become the newly enforced rates.
I hope all members of this committee will be supportive of this motion. Therefore, I move, pursuant to Standing Order 106(4):
That the committee hold a meeting to invite the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade and relevant government officials to discuss the United States Department of Commerce’s preliminary determinations increasing duties on Canadian softwood lumber exports from 8.99% to 18.32%; that the meeting be at least two hours in length; that the minister appear for no fewer than one hour and that appropriate government officials appear for no fewer than two hours; and that this meeting occur no later than June 4, 2021.
Thank you, Madam Chair.