All right! Party time!
Canada and its lumber industry have won an important victory against punitive American duties in the U.S. Court of International Trade.
In a ruling issued Friday, the U.S. trade court upheld a Canadian claim that the U.S. Commerce Department illegally continued to charge anti-dumping and countervailing duties on lumber after a North American Free Trade Agreement ruling determined there was no basis for them.
Yeah! Fuckin 'A! I'm cranked! You're cranked! We're all cranked! Um ... well, OK, maybe not all of us (emphasis added):
Federal International Trade Minister David Emerson was unavailable for comment but his communications director said the ruling changes nothing.
"The fact is this decision can be and most likely will be appealed rather quickly to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the federal circuit," Robert Klager said from Ottawa. "The final outcome of that probably wouldn't be learned until mid-2007."
Ya know, I was kind of hoping for a little more enthusiasm from the home team. With friends like these ...