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A section of forest is harvested by loggers near Youbou, B.C., on Jan. 14, 2015. Canada’s top negotiator in the softwood lumber trade dispute with the United States says discussions around the disagreement have waned since President Donald Trump took office. (JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
A section of forest is harvested by loggers near Youbou, B.C., on Jan. 14, 2015. Canada’s top negotiator in the softwood lumber trade dispute with the United States says discussions around the disagreement have waned since President Donald Trump took office. (JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Softwood dispute to spell pain for Canada, chief trade negotiator warns Add to ...

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Lumber prices have surged in anticipation of U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood exports, setting the stage for what Canada’s chief trade negotiator worries will be a period of pain for forestry workers and communities across the country.

Kirsten Hillman described looming preliminary duties expected to be imposed by the United States as “artificial barriers” intended to reduce Canada’s lumber shipments south of the border.

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