The Government of Nova Scotia is disappointed by the United States Department of Commerce’s announcement today, April 25, that it is delaying a decision on a request to be excluded from countervailing duties on softwood lumber and to temporarily impose duties until a final decision is made. “We are disappointed by the announcement and by the decision to impose countervailing duties until a final decision is made,” said Trade Minister Michel Samson. “We remain determined to get excluded as quickly as possible as industry and government have worked very hard to validate our long-standing exclusion which reflects the fact that lumber producers here compete on a level playing field with United States industry.” The interim ruling stated that a decision on the exclusion request will be incorporated into the final countervailing duty and anti-dumping duty determinations to follow this fall. On Nov. 25, 2016, the United States Lumber Coalition filed petitions with the United States International Trade Commission and the United States Department of Commerce alleging that certain provinces in Canada illegally subsidize lumber producers and that certain producers dump products into the U.S. market. There were no allegations of subsidy relative to Nova Scotia sawmills. On Dec. 16, 2016, the Department of Commerce announced the initiation of anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada. The U.S. Lumber Coalition subsequently amended its petition to the Department of Commerce to exclude Nova Scotia production from the ongoing anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations following a mission to Washington D.C. by a provincial industry delegation led by Mr. Samson and Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “We will not give up. We will continue to work with the Government of Canada, our fellow Atlantic provinces and the softwood lumber industry toward achieving an exclusion,” said Mr. Samson. “The ultimate outcome all governments seek is a negotiated agreement that brings predictability and stability to industry on both sides of the border.” Securing an exclusion from duties is key to ensuring the competitiveness of Nova Scotia’s forestry sector. The forest products industry contributes over $2 billion in direct and indirect outputs, including $800 million in GDP. It provides 11,500 direct and indirect jobs in rural areas. The U.S. Department of Commerce is expected to announce a final determination on countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties in the fall.
The statement from Lydia read: “Our family are devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce. They were extremely loved by all of their family and friends.”Pierce was a fun-loving, friendly and happy boy, who loved computer games and made everyone smile.”Tracey was loving, caring and a wonderful mother and daughter. Always putting others before herself.”The family did not provide refuge for homeless people and Aaron Barley had never lived at the family home but had been assisted by the family in the past 12 months.”We would like to express our gratitude to the emergency services, and to thank hospital staff for their excellent care. “We would appreciate privacy and respect during this distressing time.”Mrs Wilkinson, 50, was pronounced dead at her home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, after suffering stab injuries, while her son died after being taken to hospital. Lydia Wilkinson was comforted by her boyfriend and his parents as she read dozens of message cards on floral tributes left by friends of her mother Tracey and brother Pierce. Flower tributes outside the Wilkinson’s family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA A student whose mother and 13-year-old brother died after being stabbed at their family home has visited the scene to lay flowers in their memory. Mrs Wilkinson, 50, was pronounced dead at her home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, after suffering stab injuries, while her son Pierce was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. Her husband Peter, 47, remains in a critical but stable condition after being found with stab wounds in his back garden.They were found injured when emergency services attended their home at about 8am on Thursday. Shocked locals described the family as “Good Samaritans with hearts of gold”. The 18-year-old, a student at Bristol University, crouched down as she looked at flowers laid on the pavement and against walls on both sides of a police tent which remains outside her home in Stourbridge, West Midlands.After her visit on Sunday morning, Lydia issued a statement paying tribute to Tracey and Pierce. Colin Elcock, a local Tory councillor, told how they had taken in a young man since Christmas and had proudly claimed he was making great progress.The ward councillor said: “They took in a homeless person who was a local and Peter found him a job at his company.”Tracey certainly looked after him with food and that kind of thing and Peter was very pleased to say they were helping him become a member of society again.”We’re hoping that Peter will of course pull through.”Another local claimed they had made the gesture after spotting a young man begging.He said: “They were a very charitable couple, they were Good Samaritans and Tracey had a heart of gold.”It doesn’t surprise me at all that they would open up their home to somebody in need and provide them with a roof over their head. It was just in their nature. They were just so kind.” They were found injured when emergency services attended their home at about 8am on Thursday.Barley, of no fixed address, is accused of the murders of Pierce and Mrs Wilkinson, and the attempted murder of her husband Peter.The 23-year-old was not asked to enter pleas when he appeared before magistrates in Birmingham on Saturday. He is due to appear at the city’s Crown Court on Monday. Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Our family are devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce. They were extremely loved by all of their family and friendsLydia Wilkinson It confirmed that the man accused of their murders, Aaron Barley, had been helped by the family in the past year.Barley, 23, had also been supported by a local church after falling on hard times.He was assisted into Birmingham Magistrates Court by three police officers in head gear and wore a sling around his right arm. Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Piers Wilkinson (left) was found along with his mother Tracey in their house on Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, this morning. His father, 47-year-old Peter (right), is still in hospitalCredit:Caters News Aaron Barley, 23, appeared before Birmingham magistrates court charged with the murders of Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and her 13-year-old son PierceCredit:BPM Media Shocked locals described the family as good Samaritans who had opened their home to a homeless person around Christmas. Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.