Should Canada reciprocate its dispute with the United States over tariffs on Canadian softwood? – Vote

Poll: Canadian retaliation?

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Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is ready to retaliate against a US tariff increase on Canadian conifer producers.

Freeland today responded to criticism in the House of Commons from conservative foreign critic Michael Chong, who said the Liberal government was ineffective over a number of protectionist trade measures by the Biden administration.

The U.S. Department of Commerce said Wednesday that its final combined anti-dumping and countervailing duty rate for most Canadian producers will be 17.9 percent.

That is slightly below the preliminary rate of 18.32 percent issued in May, but double the original rate of 8.99 percent.

On Wednesday, International Trade Minister Mary Ng said she was disappointed with the new duty, which she said was unfair.

The BC Lumber Trade Council has said the increase was not unexpected but was still disappointing because U.S. producers are unable to meet domestic demand.

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