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Is it really Free Trade?

Is there really such a thing as Free Trade?
About 15 years ago the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed. Over the next several years duties and tariffs were removed from goods made in the two countries. Then came the North American Free Trade Agreement welcoming Mexico into the fold.
While our trade surplus to the United States has continued to mushroom over the years, some items have escaped the bounds of free trade agreements.
Softwood lumber exports to the U.S. seem to be the most difficult one to resolve. While homebuilder’s associations in the U.S. argue in favour of our wood heading south duty free to keep building costs down and the economy moving, lumber producers in the U.S. say the lumber from Canada is being dumped into their market at an unfairly low or subsidized price.
That argument has been raised by lobby groups for the U.S. lumber groups for more than a decade and each time we take the argument to the World Trade Organization and win the fight.
If it is supposed to be Free Trade between the two countries, why isn’t it?
It seems the biggest kid on the block whines until he gets his way. Maybe we should cut off his oil and natural gas supplies and see how he likes that.
–Until then,
Ken