Softwood Skirmish

Call it “Softwood Lumber…the Sequel.”

The United States has called for formal talks over allegations the 2006 treaty has been violated, claiming B.C. is under pricing timber from the Interior region of the province.

Trade Representative Ron Kirk says the decision to move to consultation is “intended to emphasize the importance of resolving this matter. As contemplated under the Softwood Lumber Agreement, we are asking to continue our engagement on this issue and ensure that the (deal) is implemented as intended.”