For the first time in his new position, B.C.’s Trade Envoy to the U.S. is heading to Ottawa Monday to discuss a possible softwood lumber deal.
Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson says David Emerson will then head to Washington for more meetings.
“Key American stakeholders, including the assistant U.S. trade representative for the western Hemisphere, and meeting with the U.S. National Association of Homebuilders, and with key senators.”
Thomson says these are important steps for Emerson in advancing both B.C. and Canada’s interests, as well as letting the American housing sectors know a negotiated settlement is in their best interest.
“Mr. Emerson’s objective is to continue to engage, to take the message, to work actively towards a managed trade agreement, that’s our objective… we believe that a managed trade agreement is to the benefit of both economies and we should be working together.”
Emerson signed the previous softwood lumber trade agreement between Canada and the U.S. in 2006.