Government of Canada Takes Action to Help Middle Class Families in Fort McMurray and Across Western Canada

October 17, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is taking quick action to help middle class families in Western Canada, particularly those involved in the reconstruction of Fort McMurray. Concerns were raised that anti-dumping duties on imported drywall were leading to price increases and supply shortages of the product. Imposed to address unfair trade, these duties may be having unintended impacts, including delays in the reconstruction of Fort McMurray.

Given the exceptional circumstances, the Government of Canada is asking the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) to conduct an inquiry to hear from a wide range of stakeholders and the public, and to report its findings in early January, so that the Government can determine the best path forward.

This action in no way deters the Government from its efforts and commitment to a strong and effective trade remedy system.

By asking the CITT to conduct an inquiry now rather than after their initial ruling, we are fast-tracking the process by up to 12 months, while allowing the Canada Border Services Agency and the CITT to continue their independent investigations.

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“Our Government has listened to the concerns of Western Canadians. With this action, we are putting in place an expedited process to look into the unintended impacts that these duties may be having. I look forward to the CITT’s independent review of this matter so the Government can determine the best path forward in ensuring a strong Canadian economy and middle class.”

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

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Annie Donolo
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
613-769-7187

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada
613-369-4000

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