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Canada said on Tuesday it would scrap softwood lumber dispute talks with the United States next week following the U.S.'s refusal to eliminate duties after a trade panel decision.
"Following consultations with provincial governments, and in light of the U.S. response to the August 10 decision of the NAFTA Extraordinary Challenge Committee, the government of Canada has decided to not proceed with the negotiations planned for next week," Trade Minister Jim Peterson said in a statement.
The NAFTA committee had rejected a U.S. appeal of a ruling that said Washington had failed to justify imposing duties on Canadian softwood, used in building homes.
Canadian officials have questioned Washington's commitment to the free trade agreement.
Peterson has told Portman that Canadians are outraged by the refusal to follow NAFTA rules.
Finance Minister Ralph Goodale has said Washington has to understand that "Canada takes this very, very seriously.'''
Originally posted by masqua
Kudos to Jim Peterson, but why did this have to appear first in the Washington Post while the canadian rags say nothing?