B.C.'s Trade Envoy to the United States advocates for B.C. forestry jobs in Oregon

BC Government News
Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

British Columbia Trade Envoy to the United States David Emerson was in Portland, Oregon on Oct. 12 advancing B.C.'s interests in the ongoing softwood lumber dispute.
Emerson and Canadian Consul-General Brandon Lee discussed how Canada and B.C. can work together to defend common interests in the United States and advocate for resolution of trade disputes. The pair met with Senator Jeff Merkley to reinforce how British Columbia and Canada can help meet the U.S. consumer demand for quality lumber products. U.S. domestic lumber production is currently not meeting U.S. demand, despite the increase in production over the last year.
Emerson and Lee also met with Governor Kate Brown's policy advisors and senior congressional staffers.
Oregon is an important market in the U.S. for B.C. softwood lumber products. Emerson reminded those he met that imposing unfounded duties on B.C. lumber hurts American consumers, raises housing costs and costs construction jobs.
The meetings were a result of Premier John Horgan's commitment to fight for B.C. forestry jobs in the U.S. and follow up on the previous week's First Ministers' meeting where Canada and the provinces agreed to continue advocating together for a managed agreement in Canada-U.S. softwood lumber trade.
"The U.S. is B.C.'s largest customer for softwood lumber products, and given the increase in U.S. housing starts, the demand for lumber is only going to increase. The right thing to do is drop the litigation," commented Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston.
However, B.C. Trade Envoy to the United States David Emerson said that, "It is important for American legislators to understand that the softwood lumber dispute, which threatens family-supporting Canadian jobs, also threatens jobs in the U.S. homebuilding and renovation sector. It is in all of our interests to come to a fair settlement, but if there is no fair settlement to be had, then we are prepared to litigate."