Just how is David Emerson supposed to be able to negotiate on behalf of the Canadian government on the softwood lumber issue? I have to assume, since Stephen Harper ain't saying shit, that at least part of the "critical background" that he felt was worth trading his early political capital to obtain had something to do with his expertise on this contentious issue. But it appears that however you slice it, Emerson is going to have to sit this one out.
One of the most important single trade hangups between us and the US in a generation and our Minister of International Trade is going to have to recuse himself from doing anything about it. Might as well have a Minister of Defense in bed with defense contractors.
Hey, wait a minute