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Softwood Dispute: Five years of peace

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.

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Canada agrees to impose a national tax on lumber exports, heading off U.S. duties.
Medium: Radio
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: April 2, 1996
Guest(s): Art Eggleton
Reporter: Laura Lynch
Duration: 2:37

Last updated: July 10, 2013

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