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Quebec Softwood Lumber Rep Urges Settling Issue Before NAFTA Talks

Posted July 14, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Canadian Press)

Quebec’s representative in the softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the United States says that dossier needs to be settled before talks begin on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Raymond Chretien, Canada’s former ambassador to the United States, says it would be difficult to have two sets of delicate negotiations going on simultaneously.

Chretien called softwood lumber an “explosive” issue that is “too big, too complex and too emotional” to overlap with NAFTA talks.

“We have to settle softwood before the NAFTA discussions begin,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “Is that possible? I don’t know. There’s not a lot of time left. We’re almost in mid-July. Click here to read more.

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