Softwood-lumber victory unlikely to halt conflict between Canada and U.S.

Ottawa and the B.C. government declared victory in a softwood-lumber dispute with the United States, but industry observers say the conflict is far from over.

The London Court of International Arbitration on Wednesday dismissed in its entirety a U.S. complaint that British Columbia was subsidizing wood damaged by the mountain pine beetle. Details of the ruling, however, will remain confidential for 10 days. The panel’s unanimous decision cannot be appealed.

International Trade Minister Ed Fast called the decision a welcomed victory for workers in B.C.’s lumber businesses.