Canada/U.S. lumber dispute might be helped by pandemic lessons, diplomat argues

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Canada's top diplomat in the U.S. believes lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic about how reliant the countries are on each other for important materials stands as an example to help resolve the softwood lumber dispute.

Canada’s top diplomat in the U.S. believes lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic about how reliant the countries are on each other for important materials stands as an example to help resolve the softwood lumber dispute.

Canada was able to turn back former U.S. president Donald Trump’s attempt to stop exports of N95 respirator masks by pointing out how reliant their manufacturers were on Canadian suppliers, such as the Harmac Pacific pulp mill in Nanaimo, Ambassador Kirsten Hillman recalled.

“Harmac was a really good, incredibly concrete example that we were able to use in the course of that discussion,” Hillman said, to demonstrate how restricting trade hurt both countries.

And that lesson from the pandemic is “going to be essential as we move forward in post-pandemic recovery,” Hillman said, and add some leverage to Canada’s argument for resolving the intractable softwood lumber dispute.

The decades-old dispute’s latest round, underway since the 2017 unfair-trade complaint by the …read more


Source:: Vancouver Sun – Business

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