Doherty Pleased with Trip to Washington
Prince George, B.C. – He didn’t come back with a new Softwood Lumber Agreement in his back pocket but Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty says he’s still pleased with a three-day trip he took to Washington DC this week.
Doherty says the non-partisan trip was made up of Conservative, Liberal and NDP MPs and included a whopping 85 meetings.
“It’s part of the Canada/U.S. Friendship Group where we go down and we continue the dialogue. We wanted to make sure that they understood that we’re friends, we’re allies and that we share a common border.”
An outspoken critic on the need for a new Softwood Lumber Agreement between the two countries – Doherty said he spread his message loud and clear.
“My focus was letting them know the impact of the failure to get an agreement in place. Letting them understand that 140 communities in B.C. are forestry dependent,” he says.
“And putting some real numbers to the fact that if one of my communities loses two mills that it could mean a loss of 400-600 jobs. That could be up to 1,600 people in a community that could move somewhere else because there’s no other job for them.”
In all, he says the trip was worth it despite some of the criticism his trek took when 250News first published news of his jaunt Monday (see previous story here).
“Yeah. You get criticized for doing nothing and then you get criticized for trying to do something and did I think we were going to go down there and actually get a signed deal? No. But the more that we are opening the lines of communication and building those relationships, the better it is.”