Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Premier Cheers Canada-U.S.. Moves to Negotiate Softwood Lumber Pact

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Premier Cheers Canada-U.S.. Moves to Negotiate Softwood Lumber Pact

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B.C. premier cheers softwood lumber momentum

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VICTORIA - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says she's pleased that Canada and the United States are working to resolve a long-standing trade issue over softwood lumber exports.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday they expect to resolve the issue.

The trade pact expired last year and both countries have accused each other of not being willing to start new negotiations.

Clark said a renegotiated softwood trade agreement has been one of B.C.'s top priorities with the federal Liberals, who were elected last fall.

"We have a statement from Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama to try and get the softwood lumber agreement settled in 100 days, which is fantastic news," she said. "There is a lot of work between now and then, but I'm a big believer that you can't get to the end of something unless you start. …

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