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Premier rallies for new US softwood lumber trade deal

Last Updated May 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm PDT

Christy Clark speaking in Vancouver (May 5th, 2016) (Martin MacMahon, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Premier Christy Clark looking for a new soft lumber trade deal with the US

Clark says trade is about taking down walls, not building them

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Donald Trump and trade protectionism are in the premier’s crosshairs as she meets with her counterparts from Western Canada.

This comes as she tries to rally support for a new softwood lumber deal with the US.

Trade protectionism is back in fashion down in the US with Donald Trump in particular talking in more isolationist terms. But Premier Christy Clark wants a new softwood lumber deal and says blocking trade isn’t the answer.

“People are talking about building walls. Great American presidents never make their country or the world great because they were talking about building walls — they talked about taking down walls,” says Clark.

“That’s what trade is all about. It’s taking down walls around the world and making sure we can all enrich the citizens we represent by making sure trade is free between us.”

Clark was speaking at the Western Premiers’ Conference in Vancouver.