Questions from the media centered around the forest industry after two devastating wild fires seasons for the province. While he answered questions about regrowing B.C.’s lumber and industry, Horgan also had to answer questions about exporting soft wood lumber to China amid political disputes with Canada. Horgan was swift to respond.
“British Columbia stands ready to be free and fair with everyone in the world. Any disputes between Canada and China should be just that.”
Horgan said that for thirty years, successive governments have traded lumber in Asia to diversify the market and not be subject to soft wood lumber tariffs from the United States.
For Horgan, this was his second time at the forum. The premier said that he felt like the new kid on the block during his first time at the forum. Now after more than a year as premier he feels that members of the resource sector are more acquainted with him and have gotten to know him better.