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U.S. to file counter-proposal in several weeks

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Trade Minister, Pierre Pettigrew, is telling Canadians that it will be at least several more weeks...


OTTAWA, Ont. — Trade Minister, Pierre Pettigrew, is telling Canadians that it will be at least several more weeks before the U.S. tables a counter-proposal regarding the softwood lumber dispute.

However, he insists he’s encouraged by the latest round of discussions, even though talks were called off prematurely yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Canadian Alliance, suggested yesterday that Prime Minister Jean Chretien step in himself to intervene in the dispute.

Pettigrew says that the Bush administration insists it wants a negotiated settlement to the dispute as soon as possible.


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