Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Softwood: In the home stretch

Hate to say I told you so, but...
TORONTO (CP) - Canadian and United States officials are closing in on a framework agreement that could finally resolve the long-standing softwood lumber dispute, sources said late Monday.
All it took was a government in Ottawa that was interested in a resolution, not posturing.
With Mr Harper, Canada has that government. And the deal will get done.
Another reason to have voted Conservative.
UPDATE: Late Wednesday, the framework was in place...
VANCOUVER (CP) - Canada and the United States took a major step Wednesday to end their three-decade trade war over lumber, hammering out a framework for negotiating a long-term deal that would exchange punitive U.S. duties for a managed-trade regime.
The goal is to provide certainty for Canada's $10-billion annual softwood lumber export business after years of costly legal fights with its American competitors, backed by the U.S. government.