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    :: Thursday, September 22, 2005 ::

    Softwood wars - Editorial, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon
    Reality check: With 86 percent of Canada's total exports going to the United States and the U.S. market for Canadian softwood expected to boom as the Gulf Coast rebuilds in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, an all-out trade war isn't going to happen. But Washington ignores Canada's grievances at its peril.

    If the largest U.S. trading partner seriously considers withdrawing from NAFTA because Canadians find using the treaty's dispute resolution process pointless, the White House can count on growing skepticism abroad as it attempts to sell the benefits of regional and bilateral free trade agreements.
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