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Canadian Softwood Lumber in U.S. Crosshairs, B.C. Envoy Says

Posted March 20, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Sunny Dhillon – Globe & Mail)

British Columbia’s envoy in the latest softwood-lumber dispute will be back in Washington next week and says recent comments by U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade nominee show he’s “clearly got his crosshairs on Canada.”

David Emerson, who was Canada’s international trade minister when the last negotiated softwood-lumber agreement with the United States was signed in 2006, was last month appointed as B.C.’s envoy in the new round of talks. The federal government is leading the file, but B.C. accounts for half of Canada’s softwood-lumber exports to the United States and would bear the brunt of the imposition of duties.

Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. President’s nominee for trade representative, told a Senate confirmation hearing this week softwood lumber was “at the top of the list” of issues he would address. Mr. Lighthizer said he would end the dispute through a new agreement or litigation. Click here to read more.

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