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B.C. Envoy Says Softwood Lumber Negotiations ‘in the hands of the U.S.’

Posted March 30, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Canadian Press)

British Columbia’s softwood trade envoy says there’s a slight opportunity to quickly negotiate a new lumber agreement between Canada and the United States, but if a deal can’t be reached by the summer or fall it could mean a lengthy fight.

David Emerson said Wednesday he sensed a chance at a deal but also saw continued turbulence in the administration of President Donald Trump and strong protectionist sentiments in the U.S. Congress after visiting Washington, D.C., last week.

“My own guess is there is a window of opportunity, late summer or early fall, and if that doesn’t initiate something meaningful in terms of negotiations then I think we’re probably into next year,” he said.

“We’re really now in the hands of the U.S. government to see this thing actually get started and discussions get underway,” he added. Click here to read more.