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Canada suggests a deal on softwood lumber may lead it to drop WTO case against U.S.

Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s WTO complaint against the U.S. is directly tied to softwood lumber, where the U.S. imposed duties, and that the solution is to sit down and negotiate a lumber deal.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — The Canadian government has suggested it might drop its major international trade case against the U.S., if it gets a softwood lumber deal.

Canada has filed a wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization about the way the U.S. applies punitive tariffs, infuriating the Americans.

U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer called it a “massive attack” on the American system of international trade.