B.C.’s new trade envoy to the United States is setting out to improve Canada’s softwood lumber deal with the states.
David Emerson was in Victoria today meeting with Premier Christy Clark and Canada’s Ambassador to the United States after his appointment earlier this week.
Emerson signed the last softwood lumber trade agreement between the U.S. and Canada back in 2006 as trade minister.
He says the new Trump administration is less of a factor because softwood is considered a regional issue in the United States.
He adds, this makes trading with them easier than decades old protectionism seen south of the border.
“I think we’ve got to take a fresh look at it in terms of top to bottom reassessment of today’s conditions and the political pressures that are quite different today than they were ten years ago.”
With files from Liza Yuzda