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HARCOURT TO MEET U.S. ALLIES ON LOG EXPORT THREAT

 HARCOURT TO MEET U.S. ALLIES ON LOG EXPORT THREAT
 VICTORIA, British Columbia, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Premier Mike


Harcourt will travel to Oregon Thursday to meet with U.S. political leaders and other Americans who are critical of the recent U.S. Department of Commerce ruling that challenges Canadian log export controls.
 "We are building a coalition in the Pacific Northwest to counter the efforts of the southern-based U.S. lumber lobby to eliminate log export controls," said Harcourt.
 "By penalizing Canadian controls on raw log exports, the Department of Commerce has put at risk similar controls by U.S. northwest states, and this has alarmed people in that region," he said.
 The preliminary March 5 ruling said British Columbia subsidizes its lumber producers through timber pricing and log export control programs.
 The ruling, by imposing a 14.5 percent tariff on lumber exports, is having harmful effects on British Columbia's forest products industries.
 "On behalf of all British Columbians, and those working in the forest industry in particular, I hope to build up support for British Columbia's case and send a message to Washington, D.C.," said Harcourt.
 "We must reach across the American border to our friends in the Pacific Northwest and enlist their growing support on the log export issue," he said.
 Harcourt's trip follows efforts made last month by Forests Minister Dan Miller and Trade Minister David Zirnhelt, who met with newspaper editorial boards, labor leaders, environmental groups, industry representatives and congressional staff in the Pacific Northwest.
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 /CONTACT: Andy Orr, press secretary, Premier's Office, 604-387-6633; or Lorne Sivertson, assistant deputy minister of Economic Development Division, Ministry of Economic Development, Small Business and Trade, 604-356-2415/ CO: Province of British Columbia ST: British Columbia IN: SU:


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