JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS
The B.C. premier called it “fantastic news” back in early March when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama announced the two countries would try to get a new agreement settled in 100 days. That was more than two months ago.
Simmering tensions between B.C. and Quebec, and between large and small Canadian lumber producers, will frame formal Canada-U. S. negotiations to take place here next week.
The internal conflict adds to the challenge facing the Trudeau government as it tries to put together a unified approach against an adversary that has often tried to exploit divisions in Canada forestry sector.
On Friday, Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that an American negotiating team will be heading to Ottawa to seek ways to avoid a job-killing legal action by the U.S. industry later this year.