Horgan ‘Hopeful’ Softwood Lumber Deal Imminent
Prince George, B.C. – British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he’s “hopeful” a softwood lumber deal between Canada and the United States isn’t far off.
He made the comments this week – just days after a visit to Washington DC with high level officials there.
“I met with U.S. officials, I met with the Canadian ambassador to the U.S., I’ve spoken several times with the Prime Minister on this,” Horgan tells 250News.
“He knows the importance, the foundational importance of our forest industry and how softwood – a deal with our largest trading partner – is critically important to jobs, to families and to communities.”
He says the challenge is the protectionist – “America first” attitude – emanating out of the Trump administration.
Despite that challenge though Horgan is still optimistic a deal can be reached following his meeting with both Republican and Democratic congressman last week.
“Well, the secretary of commerce has put some deadlines down for U.S. interests. The so-called lumber coalition in the southern states. And NAFTA discussions begin I think in the middle of August. The trade people want softwood gone by them and I’m hopeful that’ll happen.”