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Softwood Envoy Heads South

Posted March 07, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Dustin Godfrey – Castanet)

The province will be sending a special envoy to the U.S. this week with aims to bring B.C. softwood lumber to the table with decision makers south of the border.

Former provincial and federal politician David Emerson is heading south to begin talks on a new softwood lumber agreement, the predecessor of which had run its course in October 2015.

Emerson will be bringing the issue to Ottawa first on Monday, where he will speak to senior officials, including the minister of foreign affairs and Quebec’s representative to the U.S.

“These are key meetings to discuss our collective strategies on how Canada and the provinces can partner to secure a softwood agreement,” B.C. Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson said in a statement. Click here to read more.