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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.
VICTORIA — After an initial flurry of optimism, Premier Christy Clark is now anxious about Canada’s prospects for a renewed agreement with the United States to manage the softwood lumber trade.
“I am worried about softwood, period,” Clark told The Vancouver Sun in a recent interview. “I think we are going to have to work incredibly hard now to try and get a deal because we are not a lot closer.”
That’s not a slight against the new federal government, nor the minister for international trade, Chrystia Freeland, who has charge of the softwood file.
“I’ve got to give her credit, she’s worked day and night to try and resolve this,” Clark said Thursday. “It’s been her central focus for the last several months.”