Ottawa says U.S. needs Canadian lumber

VANCOUVER — The U.S. should embrace imports of Canadian softwood lumber, the federal government has argued. According to the Globe & Mail, Ottawa has urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to remove duties on Canadian softwood entering the U.S., which were imposed as part of a preliminary finding in January that the imports negatively impacted domestic actors. The government is arguing that the truth is the opposite, and that Canadian softwood helps the U.S. economy rather than hurting it.