Well the US has lost round 4 of their insistence on taxing wood imports from Canada. Despite what you might be hearing from the talking heads on Fox news, the matter is really quite simple. The US placed a tax on wood imports because they perceived the tax credits given to lumber industries by Canada as unfair. (in spite of similar supports offered by the US to US lumber companies) Canada cried foul and the matter went to the organization charged with resolving disputes involving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The US has been ruled against 4 times, yet the tax imposition continues.
Yes, the US invites you to sign an agreement with them and then they refuse to respect the agreement.
The result? American consumers continue to pay more for wood. American lumber conpanies continue to deplete a fast vanishing US resource because the US government (in imposing the duties on imported wood) creates a profitable environment for them. (read: gets rid of competition)
Meanwhile, Canadian lumber companies are floundering.
The US has done a classic bait and switch.
When I first came to Canada, I was shocked (SHOCKED) to find avocados for 25 cents apiece. In case you didn't know, avocados don't grow in Canada. California is the US's largest avocado producer, yet I was paying more than two dollars each for them there.
Why? Because avocado imports were not allowed into California.
For a country that places such emphasis on free enterprise and competition, it sure rings wrong in these situations.
Hypocrites. (But we're good people, I don't understand why everyone in the world hates us....)
Now that I've got that off my chest, here are a few pics from the cold weekend we had. Enjoy.