In an article written for Huffington Post Canada, Jerry Dias explores the ever-looming Canadian/American Softwood Lumber Agreement. With seven months left to negotiate a new deal, Dias argues that presenting the U.S. with a "reasonable deal" will only get more difficult as the U.S. gets closer to its presidential election. In addition, Dias stresses the importance of a united Canadian front:
It is vital that we have a unified Canadian position that protects Canadian jobs. In the last round of negotiations a decade ago, the provinces and companies took separate positions, based on their own needs.
The predictable result was a deal that favored the U.S. That can't happen this time.
To read more of Dias's opinion, follow the link below.