Date: 2003-02-02 02:13:56
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This is what happens when we do not include softwood lumber (or culture) in a legally binding agreement: these industries become victim to a protectionist US Congress who can argue that almost ANYTHING counts as an illegal subsidy. This is why lumber and culture are among the most disputatious issues between Canada and the United States. Canada needs to broaden the scope of NAFTA to include such industries so that our sovereignty can be preserved, since policy makers do not need to walk on eggshells so as not to risk the ire of American protectionists. NOT including them in NAFTA is what is reducing our sovereignty, rather than the other way around as many anti-globalization activists argue.