Awaiting the opening shot: Canada-US softwood wars poised to reignite

WASHINGTON - Canada's once-a-decade softwood lumber trade war with the U.S. appeared on the verge of reigniting Wednesday with the end of a legal grace period that threatens to kick off another round of petitions, panels and punitive tariffs.

The American softwood lobby has confirmed plans to launch a process that could culminate sometime next year in duties on its northern neighbour's lumber, barring sudden progress toward a so-far-elusive deal between governments.

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