Emerson Appointed to Help Secure Softwood Lumber Deal
Prince George, B.C.- Former Canfor CEO David Emerson has been appointed as the B.C. Trade Envoy to the U.S. to work with the Federal Government and the United States in reaching a new Softwood Lumber Agreement.
Emerson has also served as a Federal Cabinet minister and was Deputy Minister in B.C..
In making the announcement, Premier Christy Clark says she is pleased he has accepted the position “”We are very fortunate to add his experience and expertise to our softwood lumber team as we stand up for B.C.’s forestry workers. This sends a strong signal that we are interested in finding a long-term solution to this wasteful dispute even as we remain determined and prepared to take on any softwood litigation and win.”
Emerson in his role as federal minister of international trade, signed the Softwood Lumber Agreement in 2006. “I am very excited to be able to help Premier Christy Clark and the Province secure a new Softwood Lumber agreement,” said Emerson in a statement released this afternoon. “I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the B.C. lumber industry and Canadian Ambassador to the U.S.A., David MacNaughton, as we defend B.C. companies, workers and communities against the false subsidy allegations made by the U.S. lumber industry.”
Emerson already has begun the briefing process in order to start dialogues with legislators and the U.S.A. administration as quickly as possible. It is anticipated that his first visit to Washington, D.C. will take place in March in advance of the imposition of expected countervailing duties being applied to B.C. lumber exports to the United States.