As Trump talks tough, New Brunswick seeks continued exemptions on lumber exports

FREDERICTON—New Brunswick’s trade-policy minister says he’s confident Atlantic Canadian lumber exports will remain excluded from U.S. duties once President Donald Trump sees the facts.Roger Melanson, who is also president of the province’s Treasury Board, says he’s been working alongside the federal government to secure exclusions in place since 1982.The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to release a preliminary decision by Tuesday whether to impose duties on Canadian softwood, which American producers say is overly subsidized and unfairly floods their market.Read more: ‘It’s not a surprise’: Morneau downplays Trump’s sudden trade attack on CanadaArticle Continued BelowDonald Trump says what Canada has ‘done to our dairy farmers is a disgrace’Trump has called Canada’s actions a “disgrace” when it comes to dairy, lumber, timber and energy.There have been estimates the duties could range from 20-40 per cent.