Premier Gallant remains optimistic over softwood lumber resolution

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says he remains optimistic his province can be excluded from hefty duties on softwood lumber exports to the United States.
   
Gallant met with U-S Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Jr. in Washington yesterday to discuss softwood lumber and free trade.
    
Ross is a senior member of President Trump's cabinet and responsible for negotiating the Softwood Lumber Agreement.

Gallant says Ross listened carefully but didn't offer any assurances, and negotiations will continue between the two federal governments.
    
The U.S. Department of Commerce hit Canada with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs, leaving the industry facing average duties of about 27 per cent.