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Softwood talks stalled once again

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Discussions concerning the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S. have been called off indefinitely,...


OTTAWA, Ont. — Discussions concerning the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S. have been called off indefinitely, according to sources in Ottawa.

Talks were planned for this week in the nation’s capital, and Canadians were hopeful the U.S. would soon table its position on the dispute.

B.C. Forests Minister, Mike de Jong has been one of the most outspoken critics of the American’s tactics and he is outraged the U.S. is dragging its feet while Canada pitched its proposal last fall.

“What have the Americans done since that time?” blasts a frustrated de Jong.

While the 19.3 per cent countervailing duty imposed on lumber exports to the U.S. expired in December, it could be reinstated along with a 12 per cent anti-dumping duty if an agreement isn’t reached soon.


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