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Lumber - Another episode in a long battle

December 20, 2016
François Dupuis, Vice-President and Chief Economist • Joëlle Noreau, Senior Economist

Canadian and U.S. producers have been at loggerheads on lumber for a long time. The United States imposed the first tariff barrier in 1789. Between the end of the 18th century and the end of the 20th, there were sporadic trade confrontations over lumber. Since the 1980s, however, the conflict is recurrent and remains a constant irritant in Canadian-American trade relations. Where is the Quebec industry at right now? Here is a brief picture of the situation.

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