The B.C. government is asking Ottawa to make softwood lumber the country’s number one trade issue when talks begin with the new American administration.
B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong says he’s worried president-elect Donald Trump’s protectionist talk will turn into policy, creating problems for the province’s forestry industry.
A U.S. trade commission ruled last week that Canadian lumber products are harming American producers, setting the stage for duties that could cause job losses and plant closures north of the border.
De Jong says forestry is a cornerstone of the provincial economy, but B.C. is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make softwood lumber a priority because the issue has big implications for all Canadians.