President Obama’s address to the House of Commons on Thursday touted the benefits of free trade and the co-operative relationship between the U.S. and Canada. While many of his remarks received thunderous applause, his silence on a major trade dispute that has been flaring up between the two neighbours for centuries was just as deafening. It was
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Canada’s softwood lumber exporters are hoping the new federal government will negotiate another Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) with the U.S. to replace the recently expired deal – and fast. But so too should we be imploring Ottawa to commit to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Without the security blanket of managed trade with the U.S.
On Sept. 2, the Canada West Foundation released Branching Out: Preparing for life without a Softwood Lumber Agreement. In this video, I explain why the SLA matters for Canada’s softwood lumber industry and why without one, Canada is vulnerable to tariffs from a protectionist U.S. industry. I welcome your comments and feedback on the report.