"Canada's claims threaten the ability of all countries to defend their workers against unfair trade", he said.
On Wednesday the country requested that the World Trade Organization step in to review certain USA trade actions and whether they're in accordance with its obligations as a member of the WTO.
Canada has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) amid a dispute with the USA, a day after its newsprint became the latest product to be slapped with import duties by Washington. He explained, "Even if Canada succeeded on these groundless claims, other countries would primarily benefit, not Canada". The association applauded the efforts of Democratic and Republican U.S. Senators, and the publishers of over one thousand small and medium-sized U.S. newspapers who have demanded that Washington not impose countervailing and anti-dumping duties on Canadian newsprint. "Canada's forestry sector is following the rules and we're confident that we will prevail-again-in global tribunals".
The announcement of the case comes ahead of the January 23 start of the next round of trade talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement in Montreal.
However, he explained that US President Donald Trump's administration "dislikes" the WTO's dispute-settlement body and believes that countries rely on it "inappropriately to achieve results they can't achieve through negotiations".
Indeed, U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer called the move an "ill-advised attack", adding that "Canada's claims are unfounded and could only lower U.S. confidence that Canada is committed to mutually beneficial trade".
The confusion over Canadian expectations comes ahead of the next round of negotiations, scheduled to be held in Montreal Jan. 23-28.
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Canada's complaint with the WTO is a request for consultation, which formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. It follows a series of similar penalties as the USA alleges unfair trade practices by Canada in the form of softwood lumber and Bombardier subsidies.
The WTO revealed on Wednesday that Canada had filed a complaint last month accusing the USA of unfairly imposing countervailing and anti-dumping duties, not only on Canadian softwood lumber but also on goods from many other countries.
"In a normal situation you wouldn't expect this to impact the long-term trading relationship that we've got under NAFTA", he said.
Kevin Dietsch/SIPA/NewscomAmerica's trading relationship with its northern neighbor continues to deteriorate as the US and Canada butt heads over the Trump administration's protectionism.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the legal action was in response to the "unfair and unwarranted" USA duties against Canada's softwood lumber producers and part of a "broader litigation" to defend forestry jobs.
Steep import duties leveled by the USA have become a regular fixture of the industry, according to Joel Neuheimer, a vice-president at the Forest Products Association of Canada. "It's the same horror show over and over".