Boshcoff to back softwood deal

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Ken Boshcoff said yesterday he cannot vote to reject the softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. when it comes before Parliament later this fall.
“I condemn the Conservative government for making such a raw deal and I am disgusted that the government has refused to continue negotiations with the U.S. if this agreement is cancelled,” Boshcoff said.
“[But] after conferring with our local companies affected by the deal, [I] have decided to support the deal with all its flaws.”
Boshcoff said he also recognizes the difficult situation communities will face should Parliament refuse this agreement.
“I cannot consciously vote to close further mills and put more of my constituents out of work,” he stressed.

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