June 27, 2017 / 12:49 AM / 6 months ago

BRIEF-Canadian government says it will vigorously defend lumber industry

June 26 (Reuters) -

Canadian government, reacting to U.S. lumber duties, says it will vigorously defend domestic industry, including through litigation

* Canadian government says deeply disappointed by U.S. decision “to impose unfair and punitive anti-dumping duties”

* Canadian government says U.S. decision to exclude three provinces from duties “represents significant progress in this longstanding dispute”

* Canadian government says will continue efforts to maintain dialogue with United States on lumber, remains confident a negotiated settlement is possible Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting by David Ljunggren)

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