The united states of american depends on Canada for Oil ... clean water... and natural gas.
In fact... the current US administration had demanded that Canada maintain the NAFTA Rule that assures Canada will sell Oil to the United States at the same price it sells it to Canadians.
The United States sued - in the NAFTA Trade Court - a Canadian manufacturer that was selling goods to Europe at a lower price than the price listed for that companies goods sold in the US. The US won that case and the small manufacture had to pay five million dollars in damages to the US.
Now... Canadian soft wood lumber producers take the US Government to the NAFTA Trade Court... the lower... middle... upper and Supreme courts in fact... and win a judgment against the united states in all cases and are awarded a clear win against the United States.
Judgment number one is that the US owes Canadian Softwood Lumber producers 3.5 billion dollars in unfair tarrifs.
Judgment number two... settled in two out of three courts and the supreme court ruling is pending and expected to be no different... calls for an additional 1.5 billion dollars in penalties. That's five billion dollars.
But does the US pay? Absolutely not. In fact... they say they want to negotiate a settlement.
It's good enough for the US to accept the rulings of the NAFTA Trade Courts when it goes in their favor but if not... then they want to negotiate.
Some punk ass small potatoes manufacturer has to pay the US government five million in cash...
But the money machine also known as the US Government refuses to honor it's debts and welches on this judgment.
Canada should double the price we charge the US for oil... cut off all Fresh Water supplies and Natural Gas supplies and tell the United States of America to kiss our Maple Smoked Asses.
But... alas... earwax.
We will do no such thing.
We will entertain that retched Rice Patty and let her tell us to "Settle down" about the trade disputes.
Canada, it seems, is unwilling to stand up to the neighborhood bully.
And I for one, think the United States deserves a time out and should go to the stairs...
... and pay the five billion dollars they owe us.