B.C. Premier Christy Clark is expressing hope the Trudeau government can overcome U.S. resistance and renew a softwood lumber deal that brought peace to Canada-U.S. trade relations a decade ago.
"The last time … relations around softwood lumber went sideways, [Canada's] whole relationship with the United States went off the rails," Clark told reporters in Ottawa Thursday.
Clark and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are scheduled to meet in person on Friday.
The prime minister "has been absolutely steadfast in wanting to support getting this deal done, making sure that we avoid a disruption in the nation's trade relationships," Clark said.