Monday, August 21, 2006

Compromise Saves Softwood Deal

While claiming to have gotten more concessions from the Americans what has really saved the Harper Softwood Deal is lowered expectations of Canadian Lumber industry support...... "With Emerson softening his [95-per-cent] threshold requirement for approval, there wouldn't be enough companies to kill it," he said. Like the whole softwood deal this is a case of lowered expectations. And it is the end of Free Trade accords like NAFTA. Mr. Herman noted that for Canadian industry, it does not represent free trade but "managed trade that gives you some years of commercial peace. Many of us are concerned for what this means for dispute resolution under the NAFTA. Obviously it doesn't work," he said.

Also See

American Exceptionalism


Free Trade

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