Martin pitches softwood to China
Date: Monday, September 19 2005
Prime Minister Paul Martin made a direct pitch to Chinese President Hu Jintao over the weekend to sell more Canadian softwood to China in an effort to lessen Canada's reliance on the contentious U.S. market.
The overture was made amid growing calls for a tougher Canadian response to the lingering softwood trade dispute with the United States, which will see a bump in demand for softwood as a result of the rebuilding effort along the storm-savaged Gulf Coast.
The Conservative Party welcomed the government's efforts to help open the Chinese market to more softwood, saying that Opposition Leader Stephen Harper called last month for that exact approach.
Conservative MP Monte Solberg said that given the dispute with the United States, Canada needs to adopt an “aggressive strategy” to open up the Chinese market.