BC New Representative for Softwood Lumber Trade

The British Columbia government has switched chief negotiators on the softwood lumber file, according to the Vancouver Sun October 12.

Dana Hayden, a former BC deputy minister for forests and international trade, left the job on September 30 after two years as chief negotiator.

BC replaced her with John Allan, the former president of the B.C. Lumber Trade Council when the last softwood lumber dispute was settled in 2006.

As well, BC has assigned an associate deputy minister to “oversee the preparation for litigation” in the dispute, according to an internal government letter, said the Sun.