New US duties on softwood lumber become focal point of BC election

But now - with plans for a wall with Mexico hitting obstacles - he's expressing broader ambitions for the Northern border.

In a speech last week in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Trump declared that Canada has been "very, very unfair" to dairy farmers and promised to "start working on that". Trump wants American farmers to no longer be shut out from the Canadian market. "They will probably lead to more trade barriers and barriers that are poorly vetted", writes Chad Bown, a trade economist who is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (where I worked before Business Insider), in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.

Canada's dollar fell as much as 0.6 per cent to US73.6¢ on Wednesday.

"If NAFTA were functioning properly, you wouldn't be having these kinds of. very unfortunate developments back-to-back, so in that sense it shows that NAFTA has not worked as well as it should." he told the assembled press.

Nonay explained the facts do not support the USA farmers or Trump's claims that Canadian farms and dairy are hurting the United States business.

The US demands centre around more contentious issues such as protecting intellectual property from Chinese theft, Beijing's current rules that require US auto markers to enter into joint ventures with local partners and forced technology transfers.

"(My advice to Canada is): "Continue the robust engagement, inside and outside D.C. Don't take your foot off the gas ... "Prices are volatile - they go up and they go down, and we don't know what the actual impact on B.C. industry in total will be".

On the other side of the coin, 17 states send at least 25% of all exports to Canada.

Trump also used Twitter, his preferred platform, to reprise his recent threats about Canada's dairy industry. "The accusations are baseless and unfounded", Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a joint statement.

Canadian officials voiced a theory a few days ago about all the sudden, heated rhetoric: one said it's a negotiating tactic, representative of Ross's style. He also threatened to sue.

"It has been a bad week for U.S". We are confident we will prevail again. It doesn't directly affect the paper industries in the two states, which are larger than their lumber industries and mostly use hardwoods such as aspen, but loggers who typically work for both sectors stand to gain. The American industry relies mostly on harvesting from higher-cost private land.

United States producers have long argued that Canadian lumber is unfairly subsidized because producers there can source timber from government land.

With local mills and families facing significant challenges, demands are growing on Ottawa to tackle a trade dispute.

The door was left open for this new dispute by the inaction of the Obama administration.

Leo Gerard added, "The United Steelworkers sees Tuesday's announcement as a direct attack on our Canadian industry, and more broadly on the trade relationship between our two countries".

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