Trump imposing tariffs on some lumber imports from Canada

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-South Korea free trade agreement began and there were too many barriers for US businesses in the country. "People don't realize Canada's been very rough on the United States". In that busy, lame-duck session, he said it was hard to get them on the phone - so he started telling their offices it was a security issue and, suddenly, people responded immediately.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland shot back at Donald Trump's anti-Canadian trade rhetoric-including a fresh broadside aimed at the dairy industry-saying she will be "tough and strong" in fighting for Canada's economic interests with the U.S.

The Trump administration slapped a punitive tariff of up to 24 percent on Canadian softwood lumber Monday over allegations that government subsidies in some provinces undercut USA lumber prices.

Green Leader Andrew Weaver said the province has awarded too many forest tenure licenses to multinational corporations "that have no interest in keeping value and jobs in B.C." as he pushed his plan to place restrictions on the export of raw logs.

The two countries were on a collision course over softwood lumber, which has irritated bilateral relations for decades, because a previous agreement had expired.

Last week, he attacked Canada's dairy industry, saying what the Great White North has done to USA farm workers is a "disgrace, it's a disgrace". These ex-ambassadors, the Canada-U.S. Business Council lobby group and Obama's former White House public-diplomacy director Brett Bruen all said the Canadian government should meet the complaints with calm. In a dig at the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has said he wants to renegotiate, Ross added, "This is not our idea of a properly functioning Free Trade Agreement".

Canada's Carr rejected any suggestion that Canada was not playing by the rules.

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He says lumber prices usually fluctuate anyway. If confirmed, the tariffs would then have to be approved by the US International Trade Commission. Canada's main stock index .GSPTSE notched a two-month high.

He said Canada imports over $550 million of dairy products from the USA, but exports just over $110 million to the country.

"For us, (U.S. tariffs are) a negative effect on our Canadian business, but the real loser in all of this is the USA homebuilder and USA consumer, who is looking for reasonably priced product".

"We really think that these allegations that our industry is being subsidized are wrong", Freeland said.

Ottawa has condemned the USA administration's move, calling it unfair and baseless.

Ross himself used the most highly visible platform in Washington to talk about softwood lumber duties, then linked what's normally an under-the-radar issue in Washington to the broader NAFTA negotiation and fielded questions from US network correspondents about it.