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    :: Thursday, August 25, 2005 ::

    Panel bullies U.S. lumber industry - Daily Inter Lake, Montana
    Canada may be claiming victory, but the dispute over softwood lumber is far from over.

    This is a dispute that will not go away just because a three-person panel says it is over. That's because U.S. lumber producers have very real grievances and worries that simply weren't satisfied by the recent ruling from an "Extraordinary Challenge Committee" that was impaneled under provisions of the North American Free Trade Act.

    Trading with the 'schoolyard bully' - The Globe and Mail, Canada
    The Americans' refusal to respect the tribunal's decision represents 'an egregious, shocking, dishonourable breach of their obligations,' says Mr. Ritchie, who was deputy chief negotiator during the original negotiations.

    'It's the tactic of the schoolyard bully,' declares Derek Burney, who was chief of staff to then-prime minister Brian Mulroney, and a key player in the talks, 'which was exactly what we were trying to prevent when we negotiated the free-trade agreement . . . it's beyond the pale.'

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