NAFTA, Softwood Negotiations to Remain Separate, at Least for Now: Minister

By Amy Minsky, Global News 2017-06-07

The Justin Trudeau government will keep trade negotiations with the United States on softwood lumber and the North American Free Trade Agreement separate – at least for now – said Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.

The minister last week announced an $867 million aid package to help support lumber producers and employees weather the impact of punishing new U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood exports.

Carr made the announcement alongside International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who was asked whether the government intended to fold softwood into NAFTA.

She declined to answer, describing the question as hypothetical.

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