What kind of fuckery is this?
I'm gonna have to go ahead and dispute your portrayal of the [original softwood lumber] deal as "giving away" $1B dollars to the Americans. They already had the money, right? Along with another $4B or so. You can't give someone something they've already taken.
Furthermore, the US lost court case after court case, and shockingly, didn't return a single penny, let alone the full $5B that the brave Liberals were so steadfastly holding out for.
I know it's good spin to call it "giving away" money, but if we're going to use the English language as it was intended, it was quite clearly "getting money back", and $4B more than litigation ever won us. Personally, I think that this was the worst deal possible, except for all the other possibilities.
Readers, take it away.
JESUS, OLAF, ARE YOU REALLY THAT CLUELESS? Of the $5 billion that the U.S. stole from Canada in the way of illegal softwood lumber duties, Olaf writes:
... however the US had ownership of that money in every meaningful sense. They held the money in their hands and could spend it at will, with no repercussions regardless of the fact it violated the rulings of international law tribunals. I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying it is the case.
"No repercussions," Olaf? Here, let me introduce you to a possible repercussion: a table of the countries that are the top exporters of oil to the United States. Notice anything interesting about that table, Olaf? Why, yes ... right there at the top: "Canada". Which means that, if whoever was running Canada had the fucking cojones, they could have retrieved that money with a phone call.
"George? Hey, how's it going? And, by the way, we want that $5 billion back here by tomorrow morning or we shut off the taps, you ignorant, Texas tumbleweed. And have a nice day."
But you and I know that's not going to happen, Olaf, because Stephen Harper's having too much fun tongue-washing George's pickup truck. And don't start in with that "But ... but ... the Liberals ..." bullshit. Stevie Boy designed his entire campaign around that worthless slogan "Getting things done for Canadians," and all he's done is hand over everything he could get his hands on to the U.S., and bone the rest of us up the ass.
So bugger off with that "no repercussions" rubbish. If Harper truly wanted that money back, he could have gotten it. He chose not to. End of story.