Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada to U.S.: Give Us a Softwood Deal and We May Drop WTO Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada to U.S.: Give Us a Softwood Deal and We May Drop WTO Case

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Canada hints at WTO, lumber trade off

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MONTREAL - The Canadian government has suggested it might drop its major international trade case against the U.S., if it gets a softwood lumber deal.

Canada has filed a wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization about the way the U.S. applies punitive tariffs, infuriating the Americans.

U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer called it a "massive attack" on the American system of international trade.

"If it were successful, it would lead to more Chinese imports into the United States and likely fewer Canadian goods being sold in our market," he said Monday at the end of NAFTA talks in Montreal

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the case is directly tied to softwood lumber, where the U. …

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