New Brunswick announces steps to combat unfair US duties on softwood lumber

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick announced a series of measures Thursday aimed at what it says are unfair trade actions by the U.S. government against the province’s softwood lumber industry.Treasury Board President Roger Melanson, the minister responsible for trade policy, says the province will support Ottawa in the pursuit of legal action against duties that are “unfair, unwarranted and disappointing.”In the meantime, Melanson says the provincial government will work to find new export markets to reduce a reliance on trade with the United States, and plans to hire an expert firm to conduct a review of New Brunswick’s forestry market.The province also plans to work on enhancing innovation in the forestry industry through increased research and expanding opportunities like biomass and biofuels.The government says Premier Brian Gallant and other representatives have been meeting with the federal and American governments to advocate for New Brunswick’s industry since 2014.It says submissions have been made to the United States Department of Commerce to demonstrate that New Brunswick has an “open, fair and undistorted market for timber.”last_img read more

Manitoba Mountie accused of manslaughter was hobbling after shooting court told

first_imgTHOMPSON, Man. — The manslaughter trial of an RCMP officer in northern Manitoba has been told the Mountie was in pain and had difficulty walking following an on-duty shooting that left one man dead.Const. Abram Letkeman is on trial for the 2015 death of Steven Campbell, who was behind the wheel of a Jeep that the officer had tried to pull him over for erratic driving.At the time, police said the Jeep came to a stop after a brief chase and when Letkeman approached the vehicle, it suddenly accelerated and struck the officer, prompting him to fire his gun.Cpl. Michael Lewis, an officer who attended the scene after the shooting, testified that when he arrived Letkeman was hobbling and hopping on one leg.Another officer, Const. Greg Oke, also told the trial that Letkeman had great difficulty walking.Campbell’s girlfriend earlier testified that he did not have his hands on the steering wheel when bullets came through the front windshield.The Canadian Presslast_img