Good on Canada for finally flexing our muscles a bit towards the US. However, since this is Canada, we're flexing our pinky finger:
OTTAWA: Canada is slapping-millions of dollars worth of sanctions on U.S. imports in retaliation for a lingering trade irritant.
The announcement of a 15 per cent surtax on cigarettes, oysters and live swine from the United States came Thursday, just as the European Union took similar measures.
The measures are expected to be worth about $14-million annually.
This begs two questions:
1. Are the United States going to notice a 14 million dollar tariff?
If we really want to get their attention, we'd threaten to legalize prostitution if they don't open the border to BSE and we'd send a married gay couple to Washington to make out on the White House lawn every day until the Softwood tariff gets lifted. That'd get Bush's attention.