Trudeau talks defending softwood & national securtity, while juggling pipelines & the environment

File photo via Jonathon Brown.

The Prime Minister addressed the renewed softwood lumber dispute in Surrey this morning.

Justin Trudeau says he wants to defend Canada’s interests and protect hundred of thousands of jobs.

He also thanked the Premiers for their back-up against what he calls “unfair punitive measures” from the US.

“Every time the US has done this, over the past few decades, they’ve been shown to be wrong in doing that,” Trudeau says. “We know that we are going to continue to be able to stand and defend Canada’s industry.”

US duties make up a 20% increase on the price of lumber and new anti-dumping tariffs could add 20% more.

Trudeau says that new NAFTA talks between the US and Mexico could start as soon as August.

The next BC government could see two parties potentially oppose the Trans-Mountain pipeline, which was a major issue behind a large protest that greeted Trudeau as he arrived to a Liberal party fundraiser last night (pictured below).

He says he gets the message that environmental protection is a big concern for Canadians loud and clear, but building a better economy is also something Canadians wants.

“Anyone proposing a false choice around that is … wrong,” Trudeau says, alluding to a desire to find a happy medium across the country and across ideas.

“Emphasize where we agree,” he adds. “Whether it’s on both economy and environment going together, or whether it’s creating greater benefits for families who need it, through things like the Canada Child Benefit that we’re highlighting today.”

Recent news of US President Donald Trump sharing highly-classified information with Russian officials isn’t concerning one of his country’s closest allies.

Trudeau addressed the “Five Eyes” alliance between Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, saying it keeps us all safe by keeping security tight.

“At the same time, we need to ensure that the integrity of the system and the trust between allies remain strong,” he continues. “That’s why we continue to engage with our allies and other international partners to ensure that the system we have is both protecting the security of Canadians and all cities, while respecting the rules that we have all put in place.”

Trudeau was promoting Canada’s Child Tax benefit – a lump sum payment that he says will go in the pocket of nine out of 10 Canadians.

It’s a busy day for Trudeau, with a visit to Surrey’s Filipino community followed by a trip to a Sihk Temple in Abbotsford.