(Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may hope to take his 'sunny ways' philosophy to Washington next week. But historically, warm relations haven't solved one of the longest-running and most expensive trade disputes in the world: the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber fight.
Amid the glitz of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's state dinner at the White House this week, perhaps it's unfashionable to remember these two great neighbours also have one of the largest and longest-running trade disputes in the world.
A tiff over two-by-fours is less sexy than wondering whose spouse is wearing what. But the billion-dollar bust-up over softwood lumber has seen Canadians and Americans at odds for 30 years.
Trudeau and his trade minister, Chrystia Freeland, are working hard to show, in the trade minister's hopeful words, "significant progress" on the issue. But loggerheads loom.