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January 2003


U.S. raises softwood stakes

Congress tables legislation that could nearly double duties on Canada's exports


Thursday, January 30, 2003 – The Globe and Mail, Print Edition, Page B1

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Congress has dramatically raised the stakes in the cross-border lumber trade feud by introducing legislation that could nearly double the duties on Canadian exports to the United States.

The proposal, which surfaced a day before a key summit of industry officials in Washington, would push the U.S. duties to as high as 45 per cent from 27 per cent on roughly $10-billion worth of Canadian softwood lumber.

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Look-out France and Germany...

Here comes Latvia and Moldova!
[U.S. Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld seemed unimpressed with the French and German [pro-U.N., no attack without evidence] position, and said the two countries don't speak for all of Europe.

"Now you're thinking of Europe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's old Europe," he said.