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Canada Softwood Industry Seeks China Sales, as Trump Widens Trade Attack

Posted April 21, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Mike Blanchfield – Canadian Press)

As Donald Trump added softwood lumber to his anti-Canada trade rhetoric Thursday, Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne was on his way to China with an entourage of industry representatives looking for an alternative to the U.S. market.

One senior government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity characterized one portion of the visit as a “trade-mission oriented trip on softwood.” New Brunswick, Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario producers were all represented.

“For all sorts of reasons, we’re striking while the opportunity is ripe, to showcase, to take companies with us to promote them,” said the official, who wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss details of the trip. Click here to read more.

Related: After Dairy, Trump Takes Swipe at Canada over Lumber and Energy (CBC News)