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Don’t negotiate, lumber delegation warns


October 12, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A delegation is meeting with Trade Minister Jim Peterson and Federal government representatives to urge that Canada…

A delegation is meeting with Trade Minister Jim Peterson and Federal government representatives to urge that Canada not let itself be convinced to come back to the negotiating table once victory for free trade is near.

The delegation, representing 95% of the U.S. consumption of Canadian softwood lumber contends that Canada is well positioned for ascendancy and should therefore not push the envelop once negotiations are settled.

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“Canada is on the brink of total victory in its ongoing lumber dispute with the U.S. meaning that Canadian firms stand poised to receive a 100% refund of the more than $2.6 billion U.S. in countervailing and antidumping duties paid to date and the costly border tariffs that have harmed U.S. consumers will be eliminated,” said Bobby Rayburn, president of the National Association of Home Builders. “With free trade in sight, negotiating a settlement to replace the duties with quotas, taxes or other border measureswould play right into the hands of the U.S. lumber firms,” he added.


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