Premier John Horgan is in Washington DC today to talk about softwood lumber.
Horgan intends to stand up for BC’s interests and jobs in the lumber dispute. His office released his itinerary for the trip today.
He plans on meeting with the Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton, Congressman Dave Reichert, US Trade Representatives and the US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today.
Tomorrow he will meet with the National Association of Home Builders and Congresswoman Sazan DelBene before returning home.
This comes after the US has slapped a number of taxes worth nearly 27 per cent overall on BC’s softwood lumber exports to the States with President Trump alleging that Americans have been on the bad side of that deal for years.
Washington has now request to eliminate Chapter 19 of the NAFTA treaty, which establishes a bi-national panel to settle trade disputes- meaning Mexico and Canada can appeal any duties on their products.
Although lumber isn’t included in NAFTA, Chapter 19 has still been a positive way to settle disputes.
Horgan was in Ottawa yesterday talking with Prime Minister Trudeau before his departure to the US.
Horgan says that the lumber issue needs to be settled before they can start on NAFTA re-negotiations.