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Softwood Dispute: American tariff threatens free trade talks

Canada and the United States are the world's largest trading partners, but there's one thing they've never agreed on: softwood lumber. The dispute dates back hundreds of years, but in the 1980s it turned nasty. The U.S. has slapped billions of dollars of fines on Canadian wood, jeopardizing thousands of jobs. The dispute raises serious questions about trade, sovereignty, and the real nature of Canada-U.S. relations.

Fifteen per cent tariff strips away Canada's competitive edge and shows power of American protectionism.
Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Sept. 11, 2006
Guest(s): Simon Potter
Host: Barbara Budd, Carol Off
Duration: 5:31

Last updated: November 28, 2012

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