Special to TideChange

The Federal Government has been asked to address the issue of US tariffs imposed on Catalyst Paper’s exports, according to North Island-Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney.

In March, United States Department of Commerce slapped a 22.16% protectionist tariff on exports of Catalyst Paper’s newsprint products made at its Powell River mill.

The tariff follows allegations by Washington state’s North Pacific Paper Co. that Canadian newsprint makers are selling newsprint in the U.S. at “less than fair value.” Catalyst owns five paper mills – three in B.C. and two in the U.S.

“More discussion is needed. These are good paying jobs. We have to fight for them.”

A determination is expected in August.