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'Stop the tax' campaign fails to receive support.

|Stop the tax' campaign fails to receive support

The recent "Stop the Tax" advertising campaign undertaken by the forest industry has had little or no success.

In June and July several forestry companies and associations attempted to innundate International Trade Minister Michael Wilson's Ottawa office with messages of support for the repeal of the tax on Canadian softwood lumber exported to the United States.

The tax, formally called the Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act, came into effect in 1987 and reflects agreements made under the Memorandum of Understanding with the United States. Under the tax, the federal government levies a 15-per-cent tax on softwood lumber products destined for the U.S.

CAMPAIGN

The newspaper advertising campaign initiated by the forestry companies and associations asked the readers of several Northern Ontario daily newspapers to sign and clip a form calling for the repeal of the tax and send the form to Wilson's office

However, it appears that readers restricted their clipping to advertising coupons.

A call to the minister's riding office mustered the response, "Kill the Tax campaign? There's been nothing coming through this office."

A call to Wilson's office at Parliament Hill garnered a similar response.

"I haven't seen anything," said staff member Sean Mathers.

Joe Bird, president of the Ontario Forestry Industries Association, one of the forces behind the campaign, admits, "The tax is still there."

"A lot of people have been saying the right things. The federal and provincial politicians have been calling for the tax to be removed, but nothing has been done," he added.
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Title Annotation:Report on Forestry; Canada forest industry's advertising campaign
Author:Krejlgaard, Chris
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Date:Sep 1, 1991
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