With a potential trade war brewing, Alberta’s NDP government has hired Gary Doer to advocate for the province’s softwood lumber industry in Washington, D.C.
Doer served as Canada’s ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2016. Prior to that, he was the NDP premier of Manitoba from 1999 to 2009.
“I am excited to be supporting the Alberta government and Premier (Rachel) Notley on this important issue. I will work closely with our partners across Canada and the U.S. to make progress and help ensure a fair outcome for all Albertans,” Doer said in a news release.
President Donald Trump recently slapped tariffs as high as 24 per cent on exports of lumber, claiming unfair trade practices by Canada.
Canadian governments and industry have called the charges baseless and Ottawa is currently contemplating retaliatory action against the U.S.