Researcher proposes stumpage reform to prevent softwood disputes
July 5, 2017 - A researcher with C.D. Howe is recommending Canada move from a flat stumpage fee to an auction system and a tax in order to avoid future softwood lumber disputes with the U.S.
Benjamin Dachis, associate director of research at the C.D. Howe Institute, told Business in Vancouver the stumpage reform he proposes would allow the Canadian government to refute the U.S. claim of a subsidy for Canadian lumber producers. The new system would also allow the government to raise revenue.
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