U.S. President Donald Trump got exactly what he wanted when he threatened to pull the plug on NAFTA, and that is urgency in starting talks to renegotiate, a timely victory he so sorely needs.
Softwood lumber was at risk well before the Trump presidency, but is a sign that the U.S. administration is using the decision as the opening volley in going up against Canada on supply management for dairy, poultry and eggs, while taking a run at our energy sector.
Meanwhile, Premier Christy Clark is looking to start a trade war on the lumber issue to save her political life.
This includes urging the Trudeau government to retaliate by banning thermal coal exports from B.C. ports to the U.S.
Not a wise move, as the Trump bravado was solely to jump-start free trade negotiations, which it has, and not start a trade war, as Clark’s proposal if implemented, would surely do.