Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Harlem Globetrotters of International Trade Conflict Resolution Panels

Canada wins another Softwood case.


  • We beat the Washington Generals... again? Amazing! Who would have figured.

    By Blogger Red Tory, at 11:12 a.m.  

  • That's a huge victory. Except for the appeal period, the appeal, the next appeal, and then the appeal to the US Supreme Court in 2012. That's the problem with rejecting the softwood deal, you will be outta luck for the next 10 years fighting in court. Andrew Coyne was bang on when he wrote that Canada has done nothing but win in the courts and look where we are.

    By Blogger The Rat, at 12:46 p.m.  

  • Serious bonus points for the headline. LOL!

    By Blogger Jason Townsend, at 5:01 p.m.  

  • fred mc,

    It's a good thing our trade relationships consists only of softwood lumber right? Or wait, less than 3%?!?

    Great idea on the "hardball". That will really teach the U.S. I forget, when did Canada become a superpower?

    I'm not saying I want to cave into the U.S., but I also don't want to stoop to their level. I think we should sign the negotiated settlement and try to build upon it over the next five years. I don't think we can afford more appeals and I don't think our industry can either.

    I particularly don't think we need to develop more of a hate-on for the U.S. than we already do. They buy 85% of our exports do we really want a trade war?

    People need to get over themselves. This is business.

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 8:45 a.m.  

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    By Blogger Greg, at 9:22 a.m.  

  • Riley wrote: Great idea on the "hardball". That will really teach the U.S. I forget, when did Canada become a superpower?

    Just last week Riley. Our PM said we are an energy Superpower.

    By Blogger Greg, at 9:24 a.m.  

  • Greg,

    Touche. While I don't think we're quite an energy superpower yet, I do like that tagline.

    Energy superpower doesn't equate into superpower. The U.S. isn't a superpower just because they have major military assets, it's because they have the most extensive set of diplomatic tools the world has ever seen. They have purchase power we could never dream of and the hammer at the other end to enforce it.

    Canada does not have that. I'm glad we don't and I like that we are generally humble and principals on certain issues. Softwood lumber should not be political. We negotiated a deal, we should take it. It's business. We shouldn't make it petty just because Canadians have a superiority complex with the United States.

    But your line about the "superpower" was a good jab. I should have known it'd come up..

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 11:49 a.m.  

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