It’s been a week since B.C.’s Forests Minister was in Ottawa to have an internal discussion with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministers regarding a new softwood lumber agreement with the United States.
Steve Thomson says meetings went well and that it’s clear softwood lumber is a priority to the Federal Government.
He says when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with President Donald Trump Monday, he’s sure a new trade will be a topic discussed.
“They need our lumber. They don’t produce enough to satisfy their domestic market, and with increasing housing forecasts we need to make sure we get the understanding there of how important our domestic industry is for us, and how important it is for their domestic economy.”
Thomson hopes Trump understands how important Canadian lumber is to the U.S. market.
“We should be all working together to find a managed trade agreement as apposed to committing all the time, and resources, and energy in litigation. We should both be working to build our own economies.”
According to Thomson, B.C. makes up 50 per cent of Canada’s softwood production, and the U.S. is an important market for Canada.
The old trade agreement expired last year and now there is speculation that there will be an additional tax on softwood lumber exported from B.C.