Softwood lumber dispute drags on

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Although B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell returned from the U.S. weeks ago claiming the end to the softwood dispute with the U.S. was nearly over, his Forests Minister says there’s no end in sight.

B.C. Forests Minister, Mike de Jong, has just returned from a trade mission to Washington, where he said he found little reason for optimism.

de Jong said while it’s good that trade talks are intensifying he also said "We’ve been down this road before."

During his visit, Canada put another new offer on the table. de Jong told local media it’s crucial a deal is reached this year.

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