Trump effect on B.C lumber a waiting game for Liberals

By Vanessa Ybarra
March 4, 2017 - 11:26am

MERRITT, B.C. — Premier Christy Clark says it's a waiting game when it comes to the exact effect the Trump administration will have on B.C's logging industry.

Speaking at a press event in Merritt Friday, Clark says the approval deadline for anti-subsidy duties, otherwise known as countervailling duties, to be imposed by the US on imported Canadian lumber is April 24th.

Until then, uncertainty remains.

"The thing is, at this point we don't know what the duty will be," said Clark. "It's hard to assess the impact on individual businesses and individual workers or different regions without knowing how the countervail will be applied and at what rate it will be applied."

Clark added the U.S's anti-dumping consideration may occur in June. 

She  reassured the crowd softwood was the number one item on the agenda during her sitdown with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Vancouver Thursday, stating the liberals are 'depending on Canada to be there.'


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