Premier Ball Leads NL to Win in Trump Trade Dispute
International trade tariffs originally imposed on Corner Brook Pulp and Paper by the United States have been eliminated. The decision came today during a meeting of the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. The International Trade Commission voted unanimously (5-0) that the newspaper industry in the United Stated suffered no injury.
This decision comes after months of advocacy work led by Premier Dwight Ball. The Premier was able to cut through the rhetoric from President Trump by highlighting the importance the historical trade relationship between Newfoundland and Labrador and the United States. It was earlier this year that Premier Ball met with Kelly Craft, the United States Ambassador to Canada, to discuss trade. During his work on the file he also met with Prime Minister Trudeau, various federal ministers and American governors, political and business leaders.
Premier Dwight Ball
My government has worked very hard to have these unjustified tariffs eliminated. The International Trade Commission’s decision reflects the value of our approach and is a major win for the company and provincial forestry. In this increasingly volatile global trade environment, we will continue to work collaboratively with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and the overall forestry industry to identify new markets and business opportunities. – Premier Dwight Ball.
Minister Gerry Byrne
The Way Forward has set us on a path to diversify Newfoundland and Labrador’s forest sector. Corner Brook Pulp and Paper is at the heart of this industry and remains a vital economic force in our province. While we are very pleased that the tariffs have been lifted, we are unwavering in our advocacy for fair trade for the Canadian newsprint industry, and will continue to stand by Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and the forestry industry. – Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources.