OTTAWA - Establishing a long-term softwood lumber agreement was a key topic of conversation when President Obama met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in March during Trudeau's visit to Washington, DC. Both leaders agreed to 100-day window to intensively explore options. That window is quickly closing as June 10 approaches.
U.S. and Canadian goverment officials are expected to report back with key features that will address the issue and provide a satisfactory resolution for both countries.


Resolute Forest CEO makes free trade case to Canadian House of Commons

Richard Garneau challenged the claims that the previous 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the United States and Canada produced predictability and stability.

Resolute Forest Products CEO Richard Garneau recently strongly advocated for free trade in the wood products industry in remarks to the Candaian Parliament.

"The purpose of a deal must not be simply an alternative to litigation. It must be to assure fair and equitable trade," he said.

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