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N.B. Premier Off to Washington to Discuss Lumber and Free Trade


(Canadian Press)

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is heading to Washington for a meeting Wednesday with United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Jr. to talk trade.

Ross is a senior member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, and is responsible for negotiating the Softwood Lumber Agreement. Gallant says the meeting will focus on softwood lumber and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“New Brunswick is Canada’s most export-oriented province, so robust trade between the United States and Canada is crucial for our economy,” Gallant said in a statement.

The premier wants New Brunswick excluded from countervailing duties on softwood lumber exports to the United States. Click here to read more.

Related: N.B.’s Softwood Lumber Envoy Will Seek Return of Border Tax Exemption (CBC News)