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Lumber talks break down

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Talks between Canadian and U.S. officials have failed to resolve the lingering softwood dispute,...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — Talks between Canadian and U.S. officials have failed to resolve the lingering softwood dispute, so one industry group is calling for tougher measures.

Carl Grenier, vice-president of the Free Trade Lumber Council, suggests that Canada should press its case through the World Trade Organization and NAFTA.

During talks in Vancouver this week, B.C. offered to move its timber pricing closer to a market-based system, but U.S. representatives wouldn’t hear of it.

The breakdown in talks is what spurred Grenier to urge Canada to seek other ways of finding a quick solution to the devastating lockdown that has cost thousands of jobs in B.C.


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