Cullen ‘Disappointed’ with Trudeau’s Visit to Washington
Prince George, B.C. – Their handshake may have gone off without a hitch but a northern MP wasn’t impressed with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
“Disappointed that while the prime minister was doing his delicate dance, he neglected to raise any fundamental concerns with Mr. Trump’s policies,” says Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen.
“Be it immigration or trade or his previous and probably currently held views on women and other things. I think it was a bit shameful actually that a so-called feminist prime minister in fact offered some legitimacy and coverage to a president who is anything but.”
He says of particular concern was the lack of any public mention of the yet-to-be signed softwood lumber agreement.
“We’re getting a lot of calls from constituents about softwood lumber,” says Cullen. “We hoped Mr. Trudeau would have raised that publicly at his press conference in a meaningful way and we don’t believe that happened, even though there’s a lot of concern in lumber communities right across the country.”
He’s also concerned about Trump’s promise to “tweak” the trade relationship between the two countries and what that could mean for lumber dependent communities.
“Talking to some Republican colleagues and the number they throw around in terms of new tariffs on Canadian wood are in the order of 30-50 per cent on top of what it costs Americans,” notes Cullen.
“So, we’re hugely concerned with that. That would hammer some of our forestry communities.”