Policy Options for the Softwood Lumber Dispute, Round 5

Author
Steven Holloway
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Centre for the Study of Security and Development, Dalhousie University
Abstract
Canadian softwood lumber exports to the US have been a perennial trade irritant since at least the 1980s. But recently a “perfect storm” of factors, including a year of increased exports with the ending of the 2006 SLA (Softwood Lumber Agreement) restrictions in October 2015, the recent fall in the Canadian dollar and the unexpected election of the protectionist Donald Trump, all have conspired to make this fifth round of disputation, front-and-centre to the challenged US-Canada bilateral relationship.
Topic
Environment, Bilateral Relations, Natural Resources, Trade
Political Geography
Canada, North America, United States of America