Two lawmakers from northwest Ohio want federal officials to keep a close watch on claimed government-subsidized cement production in Quebec.
Rep Tony Burkley, R-Payne, and Sen Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, are offering companion resolutions to draw attention to the potential negative impact the increased cement production could have on the state.
“… The cement market in Quebec is already over-saturated, and the stated purpose of the Port-Daniel-Gascons cement plant is not to supply Canadian projects but to ship the vast majority of production into the United States,” Burkley said in testimony to the House’s Commerce and Labor Committee Tuesday, where
HCR 10 had its initial hearing. “Ohio’s private cement industry should not have to compete with a taxpayer-funded operations based on foreign soil.”
Burkley outlined the importance of the cement industry in Paulding County in particular, where a branch of LaFarge North America is the area’s largest employer.
HCR 10 noted that the Quebec government has authorized hundreds of millions of dollars in financing for the expanding cement facilities. Most of the new production will be exported, Burkley said.
The resolution, a symbolic measure, would urge the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to ensure World Trade Organization rules weren’t violated in the Quebec government’s funding of the McInnis Cement and Port-Daniel-Gascons cement plant.