Softwood Meetings Set
Prince George, B.C.-B.C’s Special Envoy to the U.S, David Emerson, will be racking up the air miles this week as he attends meetings aimed at securing a new Softwood Lumber Agreement.
Today, he is in Ottawa, to meet with senior government officials . “These are key meetings to discuss our collective strategies on how Canada and the provinces can partner to secure a softwood agreement” says BC’s Minister of Forests Steve Thomson.
Then Emerson will be heading to Washington. Minister Thomson says Emerson will be taking part in ” softwood briefings and meet with embassy staff and key American stakeholders including the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, the U.S. National Association of Homebuilders, and key senators.”
Minister Thomson says the meetings are aimed at advancing B.C’s softwood lumber interests in the U.S. as well as ” ensuring key decision makers understand how B.C. softwood lumber products support the prosperity of the U.S. housing and construction sectors and why achieving a negotiated settlement is also in their best interest.”
One platform of the strategy is to point out to American decision makers that increasing the cost of softwood lumber from Canada, will increase the cost of home construction in the U.S. and damage that nation’s efforts to kick start its economy.