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CHIMO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:15 AM
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Ottawa warns U.S. of risk to NAFTA
Ottawa The Liberal government has again raised the stakes in its lumber war with the United States, unveiling plans to boost lumber exports to more than 30 other countries while saying implicitly for the first time that the dispute puts the North American free-trade agreement at risk.

In a cordial but strongly worded exchange with U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins yesterday afternoon, International Trade Minister Jim Peterson insisted that the United States must adhere to a NAFTA panel ruling in Canada's favour made last month or face the possibility of retaliatory tariffs.

"We firmly believe that the U.S. must not allow a special interest group to put the NAFTA, which is so critical in areas like energy security and goods and services, at risk," Mr. Peterson said in prepared remarks. "Softwood lumber put the NAFTA to the test."

Later, however, asked again whether Canada is implicitly threatening the United States with the prospect of curbs on its access to some Canadian raw materials -- including energy -- Mr. Peterson neither affirmed nor denied it.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.2005...
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Beaver Tail Donating Member (903 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:19 AM
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1. The question is
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 09:23 AM by Beaver Tail
Will Martin and his liberals have the balls to follow through or are they just blowing smoke (regardless if it is right ot wrong)?

Being a Canadian I will admit that Canadian Government has rightfully earned a reputation in Washington as being weak and spineless.

Edited for typo
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:20 AM
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2. Signing a treaty with the US is extremely foolish nowdays
We simply won't uphold any parts of the agreements we find unprofitable, yet expect the other side to hold up theirs.

It's as stupid as signing a business contract with the Mafia and expecting to get an advantage from it.

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Johnyawl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:56 AM
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3. What's really STUPID about this whole issue right now...

...is that the US NEEDS that Canadian softwood desperately. I own a construction business in the NW, and our material prices have already been affected by the hurricanes in the SE. By this time next year, with the rebuilding in LA, MS & TX in full swing, structural material, i.e., 2x4s, 2x6s, plywood and OSB will be so expensive a simple remodel will be out of the price range of the middle class.

Weyerhouser, LP, and some of the other big softwood producers are being allowed to make exhorbant profits while we hold the Canadians out of our market.

I hope the Canadian government has the balls to follow through on this.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:00 AM
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4. That sounds like an explicit threat to me.
I can't say the end of NAFTA would bother me much.
It might be the end of Ross Perot's "giant sucking sound"
too. Did he have that one right or what?
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:02 AM
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5. Good! It is a first step but until Canada serves notice to withdraw
any 'cordial but strongly worded exchange' with the bush admin will do nothing. Actions speak louder than words and it is time for Canada to act, enough talk already, imo.
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:13 PM
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6. "Ottawa warns U.S." - bout TIME sumone "warned" the US about sumthing
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Getting tired of all the Warnings coming out of the US admin to all the other countries in the World . .

US warns this . .

US warns that . . .

'nuff already

sign back into the International Criminal Court and take ur lumps

and stop all the immunity shit to have US thugs in other countries . .

that's my Canuk take on it all anyhoo

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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:45 PM
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7. NAFTA has cost us so many jobs here in Michigan.
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