Higgs Willing to Change Forestry Plan to End U.S. Tariffs

Premier Blaine Higgs has signalled he’s open to changing New Brunswick’s forest policies ahead of a trip to Washington [this month], where he hopes to bend the ears of key U.S. policy-makers.

The Progressive Conservative premier will use a trip to the National Governors’ Association meetings to advance his goal of restoring the province’s traditional exemption from softwood lumber duties.

“If we don’t have a fair marketplace, we will fix it,” Higgs told reporters this week.

He says he’s even willing to meet with the powerful coalition of U.S. lumber companies that is responsible for the punishing tariffs.

“I’ll meet with anybody and talk to anybody about anything,” he said. “This is an issue that is very significant to us.”