Pre­mier op­ti­mistic fol­low­ing meet­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

WASH­ING­TON — New Brunswick Pre­mier Brian Gal­lant says he re­mains op­ti­mistic his prov­ince can be ex­cluded from hefty du­ties on soft­wood lum­ber ex­ports to the United States.

Gal­lant met with United States Sec­re­tary of Com­merce Wil­bur Ross Jr. in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day to dis­cuss soft­wood lum­ber and free trade.

Ross is a se­nior mem­ber of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cab­i­net and is re­spon­si­ble for ne­go­ti­at­ing the Soft­wood Lum­ber Agree­ment.

‘We were very pleased with the con­ver­sa­tion,“Gal­lant said in an in­ter­view fol­low­ing the 30-minute meet­ing in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

”It was very sub­stan­tive and we went into de­tail.“

Last month, the U.S. Depart­ment of Com­merce hit Canada with an ad­di­tional 6.87 per cent in pre­lim­i­nary av­er­age anti-dump­ing tar­iffs, leav­ing the in­dus­try fac­ing av­er­age du­ties of about 27 per cent.

The de­ci­sion ex­empts the other three At­lantic prov­inces, but New Brunswick — ex­empt from such tar­iffs in the past — is not.

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