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Summer committee meeting on softwood lumber ‘waste of time and money,’ says Liberal MP

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Linda Lapointe says the committee just finished a report on the topic in June.

Liberal MPs on the House Trade Committee, including, from right, Linda Lapointe, Steven McKinnon, and Peter Fonseca, voted down a Conservative motion to call on the government to establish a national roundtable to discuss Canada's softwood lumber negotiations with the U.S. Mr. Fonseca said it would only duplicate the efforts of the public servants negotiating the deal. The Hill Times photograph by Peter Mazereeuw

Liberal and Conservative MPs jousted Thursday over the need for another irregular mid-summer meeting of the House Trade Committee, this time on softwood lumber negotiations. After opposition members asked for it, the committee unanimously agreed to sit Thursday morning to be briefed by and question the top public servants on the softwood file, as an October deadline for possible trade penalties by the United States on Canadian lumber exporters creeps closer. However, Liberal MP Linda Lapointe (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Que.) remarked that

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