Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Emerson's Role as B.C. Softwood Envoy Ends as Trade Battle Looks Headed to Court

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Emerson's Role as B.C. Softwood Envoy Ends as Trade Battle Looks Headed to Court

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B.C.'s softwood trade envoy ends posting

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VICTORIA - David Emerson's appointment as British Columbia's special envoy to the United States on softwood lumber is coming to an end.

Premier John Horgan said Emerson's experience has been invaluable but the need for his expertise has been reduced as the trade issue appears headed for a court battle.

Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission determined softwood lumber imported from Canada is subsidized and injures the U.S. industry.

The United States' move came after Canada announced it was disputing countervailing and anti-dumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports at the World Trade Organization.

"While his role as special envoy is coming to an end, I am pleased Mr. Emerson will continue to provide advice and counsel on critical trade matters as needed," Horgan said in a statement Monday. …

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