Thursday, August 03, 2006

Tread water and carry a big stick

Shorter David Emerson : If the lumber companies don't voluntarily sign off on giving $1 billion in illegal softwood bribe money to the US in order to keep the Cons in power here, then, as the government of Canada, we will let the US keep the whole damn $5 billion.

Emerson states that negotiations have ended and the White House has no more appetite left for further negotiations.
Hah! By "negotiations" he is presumably referring to the unamended version of the deal which Canadian lumber companies received only days before he signed off on it. CathiefromCanada was right on the money when she pointed out that an agreement requires, you know, agreement.

He also has the unmitigated gall to slag the previous liberal government's strategy of winning all softwood disputes in both international and US courts - at a "cost of millions". Which last time I looked was still less than "billions".

Hey, asshole, weren't you a big part of that strategy when you were with the Libs? I mean, wasn't the big rationale for you defecting to the Cons that it would enable you to continue your valuable work despite a change in government? So who exactly is it you are actually working for?

De-Select Emerson. De-Select NAFTA.


Dave said...

New David Emerson can criticize old David Emerson because old David Emerson was a filthy corrupt Liberal was drowned kittens or something, while new David Emerson is part of the new team turning over a new leaf, enjoys hockey and puppies and doesn't at all suck the souls out of small children.

Being a businessman, he doesn't seem to understand that the Canadian government is an entity that exists to protect Canada's interests. Government fights these battles on principle. They can afford to. Cutting a quick deal in order to minimize loss is a business strategy pure and simple. Well, I didn't vote for him. Hell the people who voted for him didn't really vote for this guy ;)

Dave said...

Great post Alison! I puts a whole new spin on the term "self-loathing" conservative.

Anonymous said...

Its amazing the gall that the gov't -- who represent the Canadian people -- can essentially threaten an industry and provincial gov'ts by saying it's this deal or no deal. If the Canadian public says 'go back to the drawing board', muthaducker, you go back to the drawing board. Harpor and Emersin are playing the canadian interests as rubes, that the Yanks are doing us a big favour by floating this floatie of an offer our way. It couldn't be more ripe if it had been flushed through the Victoria sewage system. Go ---- yourself, Emersin!

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