MONTREAL — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada and the United States remain “very far apart” on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement.Freeland offered the blunt assessment after addressing the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal today.Her comments, which come nearly two months after duties were first imposed on Canadian lumber producers exporting softwood into the U.S., suggest that any hopes of a swift resolution may be out of reach.Canada announces $867M in softwood aid in wake of U.S. lumber taxU.S. softwood lumber duties will cost 2,200 jobs and $700 million, Conference Board of Canada saysTrudeau tiptoes around trade disputes with U.S. as Trump mulls ‘major action if necessary’Still, Freeland says there are “good grounds for reasonable parties” to reach an agreement, pointing out the U.S. economy’s dependence on Canadian lumber because it can’t produce enough on its own.She says the federal government remains confident in its position that the duties on Canadian producers are punitive and without foundation.In late April, the U.S. set levies on Canadian softwood lumber producers ranging from three to 24 per cent on allegations that they are unfairly subsidized, accusations that Ottawa and the Canadian industry rejects.