Lawyer Brenda Swick Comments on Progress of Softwood Lumber Deal for the CBC

July 6, 2016
In the article “No Softwood Lumber Deal, As ‘Challenging But Productive’ Talks Drag On,” Dickinson Wright Lawyer Brenda Swick talks to the CBC about the latest updates on the softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the U.S.

In June, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama met in Ottawa to discuss Canada-U.S. relations. One of the topics was softwood lumber. The dispute centers around hard quotas on Canadian exports and provisions for regions or individual companies to be excluded from the deal.

“The provinces (that have different forest management systems) fight among themselves and that makes it difficult for them to find a united front,” Ms. Swick told CBC. She says the Americans want a hard quota that applies to all of Canada. “Unless they get that, there’s not much of an incentive to sign a deal,” she said.

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