The Canadian government negotiated for the people of Canada, first with the American government, and then both the American and Mexican governments, in a tripartite trade agreement.
American business interests, in collusion with the present American government, have reneged on fulfilling their share of those treaties, at several junctures. In this, the latest American refusal to fulfill their obligations negotiated under NAFTA, they have sought to justify, through the courts, their failure to comply through several appeals, and have lost every one.
Failing to achieve their illegitimate demands through NAFTA, the present American government has taken its litigation (one they had already lost several times) into the WTO, which has no jurisdiction over the NAFTA tripartite agreement.
Since our United States trade partners have shown a consistent disinclination for living up to their contracts, Canada should, and must, consider all contracts with the trade partners in the United States of America in jeopardy of non compliance, withdraw from the NAFTA tripartite agreement, and seek another market for its softwood, and indeed, any other commodity it presently markets to America.
It appears that along with repudiating its nuclear arms anti proliferation treaty, its biological weapons conventions, its chemical weapons conventions, the outer space treaty, its participation in United Nations Conventions against torture, and its commitment to the Geneva conventions, the present American government is also repudiating its obligations under the NAFTA agreement.
Like all of Americaís other international treaties, the present American government seems willing to abide by its negotiated obligations only when complying suits their desires.
The Canadian government should immediately withdraw from the NAFTA agreement, while issuing a warning to all Canadian business, that, at this time, Canada cannot guarantee compliance to any legal contract entered into with any business entity operating under the legal constraints of the United States of America.