GLOBE AND MAIL — Justin Trudeau’s government was criticized for its handling of Canadian-American relations in the wake of an announcement by the US that it would double the rate of punitive duties on most softwood imports from Canada. 

The hike in financial penalties is the latest in a series of American measures, including a campaign by Michigan to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline and electric-vehicle subsidies. …“The Prime Minister committed to a renewed relationship with the Biden administration. Instead, we got electric vehicle tax credits that threaten our auto jobs, stringent buy-American policies… and now a doubling of softwood lumber tariffs,” Conservative foreign affairs critic Michael Chong said. …The U.S. Lumber Coalition’s main targets, such as Resolute and Canfor are high-profile producers, but much-smaller GreenFirst Forest Products has also been singled out. Last week, the Commerce Department dismissed efforts by GreenFirst to obtain a “changed circumstances review” of duties.

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