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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Sell-Out This, Layton

Many said that a softwood deal couldn’t be crafted by the Federal government. Many said the provinces would never support one if they did. Many said that industry would never come onside.

Who are these “many”? The members of the BC Federal NDP caucus, of course.

Now we know that their concerns are completely altruistic. They are not concerned with minor matters like winning more seats. Oh no, they care deeply about the sector.

They care so deeply they are willing to sink the government and go against the wishes of a majority of the industry in order to prove their point.

The new softwood package isn’t the perfect deal.

The industry is only able to claim back 80%of the illegal duties paid, not the entire amount. There are concerns around the export tax and the new duty structure.
But let’s remember that until two weeks ago it looked the deal might collapse altogether before some fancy footwork by the Federal government gained additional concessions from the Americans on termination clauses and the “anti-circumvention” rules.

Industry has gradually come around, motivated as much by the relief of getting the never-ending saga behind them, as by the fear that if they didn’t take this deal, the Feds might hand over the file and walk away.

Various company spokespeople have said, while it doesn’t provide the ideal solution, the agreement at last provides some certainty to the troubled industry.

In an interview yesterday, Seth Kursman from Abitibi-Consolidated said: "In a negotiation, it is about getting enough of what you want and need. And we believe that's the case here. It is time to bring peace to this contentious issue."
That sentiment seems to have permeated the companies involved in the dispute – it is time for peace.

The battle was costly for the sector. It sucked time, money and management focus away from their core business. It cost thousands of forestry workers their jobs, including up to 15,000 here in BC.

It also carved deep divides through the forestry sector, between those who wanted to fight to the death and those who wanted to negotiate a settlement as quickly as possible.

Everyone has come to the table, talked it through, argued their points and accepted some compromise.

And now the NDP are screaming “sell-out”.

Thanks, Jack Layton. That is really, really productive.

If the industry hadn’t agreed to support the deal, then the NDP might have had grounds for squawking.

But if they would prefer some other magical deal, let’s see it. I’m sure out-of-work forestry workers would love to keep sitting on their butts for the next twenty years.

(As seen today in 24 Hours Daily)

10 Comments:

At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly. We hear sellout all the time, but we never see an alternate deal by any of these naysayers.

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Aslandic

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Matt said...

especially the naysayers who had yeasr to *get it right*

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Clearly the NDP are just not "nuanced" enough to see this situation the way everyone else sees it.

 
At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Timothy Coderre said...

The NDP has no appreciation for the democratic process PERIOD. What does it take to appease these Commies. Peter Julian is crying the 95% , Slam Bush . and sell out statement , while waving his hands and foaming from the mouth. I propose that if his idea of a 95% support mechanism be imposed on the Lumber Industry to be accepted, that we should hold the same democratic
demands on his office as a MP.

This is Politics Peter (Commie) Julian. I also proposed that if the NDP are so confident that they can negociate with Hezbollah , that Mr Harper grant them the oportunity to go and visit Nasralla in their Blue Barret and be the Honest Broker for the conflict.

Ms Alexa Mc Don'tKnow can lead the parade while they are transported in a light armoured solar powered bicyle equipped with all the rubber bullets that their frail conscience could muster . I figure if they all hold hands and have a group hug , that Hezbolla will recant and take Israel off the annihilation list .

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger Bernie said...

Dinosaurs Never Existed

Summary

The following issues raise red flags as to the integrity of the dinosaur industry and cast doubts as to whether dinosaurs ever existed.

1. Nature of dinosaur discoveries - only within the last 150 years and in huge unusual concentrated quantities going against the laws of nature and probability.

2. Nature of dinosaur discoverers and excavators - not by (initially) disinterested parties. When discovered by parties without a vested interest, they need to be told by dinosaur experts that they are dinosaur bones.

3. Nature of public display preparation - integrity and source of fossils - possible tampering and bone substitution and possible fraudulent activities on a massive scale.

4. Existing artistic drawings and public exhibits showing off-balance and awkward postures that basic physics would rule out as being possible.

5. Very low odds of all these dinosaur bones being fossilized but not the bones of other animals.

6. Implications of dinosaur discoveries to the theory of evolution and the belief that man was created in God's image, suggesting possible hidden and subtle political or religious agendas served on a naive and unsuspecting public.

7. A lack of organizations and people questioning or being skeptical of each and every discovery and public display. Dinosaurs are popular.
More:
http://www.ocii.com/
~dpwozney/dinosaur.htm

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger Bernie said...

THE EARTH IS NOT MOVING

FACTS:

THERE IS NO PROOF THAT THE EARTH ROTATES ON A "AXIS" DAILY AND ORBITS THE SUN ANNUALLY. NONE.
ALL CALCULATIONS FOR ECLIPSES, THE SPACE PROGRAM, NAVIGATION, SATELLITE MOVEMENTS--ANYTHING THAT DEMANDS PRECISION AND ACCURACY--ARE BASED ON A NON-MOVING EARTH. BOILED DOWN, HELIOCENTRIC MATH IS THE SAME AS GEOCENTRIC MATH. MATHEMATICS HAS BEEN INVENTED SPECIFICALLY TO UPHOLD COPERNICANISM. (EINSTEIN CALLED MATH AN "ART FORM" AND SO IT IS!)
NO EXPERIMENT HAS SHOWN THE EARTH TO BE MOVING (MUCH LESS AT 30 TIMES RIFLE BULLET SPEED IN SOLAR ORBIT AND 250 TIMES RBS AROUND A GALAXY!) ONE WOULD THINK SUCH SPEEDS WOULD FLAP ONE’S COLLAR A LITTLE EVEN IF THE "SCIENCE" ESTABLISHMENT SAYS NO....
MULTIPLE EXPERIMENTS HAVE SHOWN THE EARTH TO BE STATIONARY.
REVISIONIST HISTORY REVEALS THE ROLES THAT COPERNICUS, KEPLER, GALILEO, NEWTON, EINSTEIN, SAGAN ET AL HAVE PLAYED IN FOISTING THIS LIE ON MANKIND.
THE LOGIC AGAINST A MOVING EARTH IS OVERPOWERING.
WORLD-CLASS ASTRONOMER SIR FRED HOYLE SAID TAKE YOUR PICK BETWEEN THE TWO MODELS....
COPERNICANISM PAVED THE WAY FOR DARWINISM (WHICH SPAWNED MARXISM, FREUDIANISM, EINSTEINISM, SAGANISM)
STAR SPEEDS ARE NOT A PROBLEM WHEN THE THICKNESS OF THE UNIVERSE IS SEEN TO BE WHAT IT REALLY IS, THAT IS, LESS THAN 1/2 LIGHT DAY THICK. BEGIN HERE...
NASA’S SPACE PROGRAM IS LABELED "ORIGINS RESEARCH" AND COSTS TAXPAYERS MEGA-BUCKS. COMPUTERIZED TELESCOPES ARE PROGRAMMED TO SEND BACK "SYNTHESIZED IMAGES". THE "IMAGE WARPER" PERMITS "GEOMENTRIC TRANSFORMATIONS" WHILE "ORIGINS TECHNOLOGY... CONFIGURES THE MULTIPLE SMALL MIRRORS..." IN THESE TELESCOPES. TALK ABOUT A CON JOB!
THE BIBLE SAYS THE EARTH IS NOT MOVING AND CANNOT BE MOVED. WHAT’L IT BE FOLKS? FALSE SCIENCE AS THE SOURCE OF ABSOLUTE TRUTH...OR GOD’S WORD??
More: www.fixedearth.com

 
At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Sean, Vancouver-Quadra/Quilchena said...

I do give credit to the Harper Government for doing something that the Liberals were unable to do during their 12 1/2 years in office.

However, as we know, this Treaty is more-like a truce, as we will probably be back at it again in a few years.

...With the probability that the ultra-protectionistic Democrats will regain control of both Houses of the Congress, we should be lucky that Canada got back what it did.

 
At 3:22 AM, Anonymous Larry said...

* Bernie, God'word and science coincide in many area's, even the Vantican informed part of the truth comes from science too. / Conservative ideals have done much good for Canada. The NDP consistantly attempts to create a public bad image at any and all conservative governments.

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger EclectEcon said...

Two additional points:

The softwood lumber deal has been in negotiation for several years. Harper is PM now, when the deal is finally reached, but most of the negotiators are the same ones that were in place under the grits.

Second point: of course the NDP don't want the lumberers to sit on their butts for the next 20 years. The NDP wants to run the forestry industry, put lumberers to work for high salaries, etc. (i.e., ruin the industry with intervention).

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger Miles Lunn said...

Actually the deal is a sellout. It maybe the best deal we could get, but that doesn't make it morally right. This is in essence saying that since the United States is the most powerful country in the world they don't have to follow the rules. My bigger worry is the US will no go after other industries. Secondly not all options had been exhausted. Litigation in domestic courts had only begun so lets finish that and only surrender when we have no options left. Also we should work with other larger countries/organizations such as Japan, China, India, Brazil, and the European Union. I would support promising to support them in one area being targeted by the Americans in exchange for them supporting us on softwood lumber. Since those groups are large enough to have an impact, the Americans might sit up and take notice.

 

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