Nelson Mullins’ David Wilkins Selected as Special Envoy
on Softwood Lumber
FREDERICTON (May 12, 2017) - The New Brunswick provincial government of Canada has appointed David Wilkins, former United States ambassador to Canada from 2005 to 2009, as New Brunswick's special envoy on the softwood lumber issue.
"Robust trade between the United States and Canada creates jobs for both countries," said Premier Brian Gallant. "Softwood lumber is an important product that New Brunswick businesses export and American families need. We must continue to communicate this to decision makers in the U.S., and that is exactly what Mr. Wilkins will help us do."
Within 15 months of Wilkins becoming ambassador, a softwood lumber dispute between the two countries was resolved with the support of most of the Canadian lumber industry. His appointment as New Brunswick's special envoy begins immediately. His responsibilities include: to assist with lobbying efforts on the softwood lumber issue, to promote New Brunswick business, trade and investment opportunities with the United States, and to provide the provincial government with advice on issues that could have an impact on New Brunswick's interests.
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