Wednesday, April 08, 2009

When Anschluss' Cost Money....

....The Harper/Emerson Softwood Lumber (dis)Agreement

Remember way back in 2006 when Stephen Harper's newly-minted Minister of Givin'-It-All-Away, David Emerson, waved a white piece of paper in our faces and told us that his softwood lumber agreement meant 'Peace In Our Time'?

Well, it hasn't quite worked out that way:

Ottawa/Montreal, April 9/2008: The United States rekindled the softwood lumber dispute yesterday, slapping a temporary 10-per-cent tariff on lumber from four provinces and accusing Ottawa of violating the 2006 deal meant to settle the long-running trade war.

The move could strike a devastating blow to the forestry sector in Quebec and Ontario, where industry associations warn that 10,000 jobs or more will be in jeopardy.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced yesterday that the tariff on softwood lumber from Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be imposed next Wednesday, and will continue until the United States collects $54.8-million (U.S.)......

Gosh. Wonder how long it will be before Stock Boy starts telling us that this is just one more reason why we need even more Deep (dis)Integration.

Or some such codswallop.


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