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Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Would the United States Please Offer to Donate the Canadian Softwood Lumber Payment to Least Developed Countries?????

On March 31, 2009, Canada's Minister of International Trade announced that the Government of Canada has authroized and made available a payments of $46.7 million to the United States in fulfillmnet of obligations under a London Court of International Arbitration ruling in respect of the Softwood Lumber Agreement. The $46.7 million is equal to the amount of revenue that the U.S. claimed that the Canadian industry should have paid to the Government of Canada under the terms of the WTO illegal and NAFTA illegal Softwood Lumber Agreement.

Canada had the option of charging the lumber manufacturers in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  But, given the economic situation, the Government of Canada chose another option.

Given the world economic crisis and the needs of developing countries, the United States should not keep this money.  Will the United States do the honourable thing and give the money to least developed countries that are challenged by the economic crisis?

I am not finger pointing --- I  am opining that it keeping Canadian taxpayer dollars would be wrong.

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