Feds give Fort Mac a boost with gypsum tariff ruling

Wildfire in Fort McMurray

FORT McMURRAY, Alta. — Finance minister Bill Morneau has announced that the federal government will cut duties on U.S. drywall imports to Western Canada by 32%. At the same time it is pouring $12 million from duties collected to date into a rebuilding grant for the wildfire-stricken community. The duties were imposed to combat the dumping of U.S. drywall into the Canadian market, but Canada’s International Trade Tribunal agreed with complaints from Western homeowners and contractors that the tariffs were hurting their economy.