softwood lumber

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Like today, timber, lumber and dairy were commodities of interest in trade negotiations in the nineteenth century.


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The Trump administration recently imposed an anti-dumping duty on Canadian softwood lumber exports.


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Canada’s lumber companies deny that softwood lumber exports are subsidized by so-called stumpage fees.


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U.S. importers and Canadian exporters have a strong shared interest in having the two governments reach a quick and durable settlement.

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The U.S. has collected billions of dollars from duties imposed on Canadian lumber.

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Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are favouring the protection of U.S. domestic producers.

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Pierre Trudeau once compared Canada’s relationship with the United States to sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly the elephant; one is affected by every twitch and grunt. But it seems today a more apt description of the American governmental system is that of an octopus, whose many arms are ready to suck the life out of Canadian interests at any time with little regard for the overall relationship between our two nations.