TORONTO, Ont. — The Canadian Press has reported that a draft agreement on softwood lumber between Canada and the U.S. has been quashed by American industry officials.
According to reports, the U.S.-based Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports rejected the proposed agreement, saying Canadian producers weren’t doing enough as part of the arrangement.
Sebastien Theberge, spokesman for Canada’s International Trade Minister, Pierre Pettigrew, says “The U.S. and Canadian government negotiators have received new demands coming from the coalition, which were excessive to Canada, and we have terminated the discussions.”
Just days earlier, Pettigrew said he was hopeful an end to the trade dispute was just around the corner, thanks to the draft agreement that would see Canadian lumber producers abide by a quota.
“There had been agreement on the parameters of a possible accord, but we’ve been informed that the coalition is making even more demands that are unacceptable to Canada,” Theberge said in an interview.
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