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Premier Horgan passes on Washington trade mission

By Donna Barnett, MLA
The Williams Lake Tribune
February 13, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Donna Barnett

While campaigning during the last election, John Horgan promised the first thing he would do upon being elected was to head directly to Washington, D.C. to solve the softwood lumber dispute. That was almost three years ago. …Last week the federal government led a delegation to Washington along with the premiers of Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Horgan was absent. …Although a preliminary finding by the U.S. Commerce Department would see border duties cut in half, the B.C. Council of Forest Industries is greeting this recent news with a great deal of caution. We have to wait until August for a final decision, and in a presidential election year, U.S. producers could put the pressure on. In fact, the U.S. Lumber Coalition is dismissing the preliminary finding.

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