$480 million gift from Canada to the Republican's election strategy
September 10, 2006 9:27 PM Subscribe
$480 million gift from Canada to the Republican's election strategy: On April 7, the United States Court of International Trade ruled that the U.S. industry was entitled legally to no money (a final loss of many) in its ongoing dispute over Canadian softwood lumber. Prior to that, Minister David Emerson and Ambassador Frank McKenna were working to a deal where $1 billion of the $6 million collected would be given to the U.S. industry. Once the USCOIT ruled, however, a sweetheart deal continued along this vein, ignoring the fact that it wasn't American money to begin with, awarding approximately half of that $1 billion to industry and half directly to the White House, bypassing Congress' monetary controls, and with language that allows the current administration to spend it as they wish ("and other values") without oversight. Where will it end up, if this goes ahead?
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