2012-07-19

Pine beetle timber didn't contravene lumber deal

Canada is declaring victory in a dispute with the United States over softwood lumber exports from British Columbia.

A tribunal convened under the 2006 softwood lumber agreement ruled Wednesday that Canada did not circumvent the deal by shipping large quantities of pine beetle-infested lumber south of the border.

International Trade Minister Ed Fast called the decision a welcome victory for workers in B.C.'s lumber industry.