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Softwood Lumber Dispute

/ 97.3 The Eagle
              Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the outlines of a deal with the United States to resolve the softwood lumber dispute are in place. But she says she can’t predict whether the trade irritant will be settled before negotiations to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement begin on August 16th. The federal government and Premier John Horgan have been pushing to resolve the dispute before the start of NAFTA renegotiations rather than risk having the issue sidelined or bogged down for months in the broader trade talks. B-C is Canada’s largest producer of softwood, and the industry has been struggling with steep import tariffs imposed by the U-S in April

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