Despite Economic Minister Jeremy Harrison’s optimism the softwood timber tariff dispute will be settled in Canada’s favour through appeals, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was not surprised the biggest trading partner in the province is taking the approach it has.
A 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber going into the U.S. from Canada was mentioned by President Donald Trump, something Wall suggests may not be the best practice.
“The United States has a trade surplus with Canada, we’re not Mexico, we’re not China,” he said.
“We can make the case to legislators, and to the administration, and I’m not just talking lumber, I’m talking the trade issue in general,” Wall added.
Wall adds he is in support of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is looking to stand strong against a potentially damaging trade move.
In the meantime, two different accounts are coming out of Ottawa and Washington about the high-level phone call in the wake of America’s bold move to impose a hefty tariff on Canadian softwood lumber imports.
The White House says President Trump had a “very amicable call” yesterday with Prime Minister Trudeau about the dairy and softwood lumber trades.
But a more detailed readout of the chat offered by the P-M-O says Trudeau refuted Washington’s — quote — “baseless allegations” about Canadian lumber, and said Canada would continue to defend its interests when it comes to milk products.