Softwood Lumber Agreement High on Premier’s Radar
Prince George, B.C. – Premier Christy Clark says she is hopeful the Softwood Lumber agreement can be solidified this year.
(at right, Premier Clark at Natural Resource Forum)Premier Clark is looking at early summer for a resolution “My best case scenario , is I would like to see this get wrapped up before the end of the legislative session, or thereabouts”.
Clark says there are a lot of trade issues on the table at the moment “There’s the Trans Pacific Partnership on the table, there’s the Free trade deal we know they (federal Government) want to work on with China, We want to make sure there is full focus on Soft wood lumber, and I am hopeful, we will see some new ideas from the new federal government on how we can move quickly to get it settled.”
Clark has faith the Federal Government will get the job done “I really do believe that Prime Minister Trudeau is absolutely committed to getting this thing done, and he knows it has only ever been settled in the past with the Prime Minister phoning the President and they make a deal so that’s the only way it gets done, and he ( Justin Trudeau) understands that, and I’m really convinced he wants to get it done. He has surprised a lot of people with what he can get done, so, maybe he’ll say ‘just watch me.”