Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Federal Government Open to Helping Newsprint Producers: Federal Minister

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Federal Government Open to Helping Newsprint Producers: Federal Minister

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Ottawa open to helping newsprint industry

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MONTREAL - Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Wednesday his government is ready to help the country's newsprint industry after the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped a tariff on 25 Canadian paper plants.

Carr told a conference on forest industry products that Canada will continue fighting at the World Trade Organization and during NAFTA renegotiations against the "unjust and unjustified" protectionist measures introduced by the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Commerce in January slapped an overall preliminary countervailing tariff of 6.53 per cent on about 25 Canadian plants, mostly in Quebec and Ontario, following an investigation that began in August 2017.

Carr said he was open to a global approach to help the newsprint producers, similar to what his government did for the softwood lumber industry, after the U. …

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