Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (L) and US President Barack Obama exit the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill following the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, June 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Chris RoussakisCHRIS ROUSSAKIS/AFP/Getty Images
A settlement remains elusive but Canada and the U.S. have edged closer to a job-saving settlement on the softwood lumber dispute, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last Wednesday.
“The United States and Canada have made important progress in our negotiations, but significant differences remain,” they said in a joint statement.
Thousands of jobs are at stake in the $20-billion Canadian industry that supports 370,000 jobs, primarily in B.C. but also in Quebec and Ontario, Canada’s second- and third-largest exporters, government and industry officials have recently warned.