Rice Charms And Chills As She Warns Canada To Negotiate Softwood Impasse

Posted on Wednesday, October 26 at 11:11 by jensonj
Rice also politely reminded Prime Minister Paul Martin that her country is already deeply involved in combating the illegal trade in firearms across the border. Behind closed doors, she flatly rejected Martin's new assertion that the Americans are to blame for rising Canadian gun crimes. Rice's unmistakable diplomatic message: Washington is staying the course, so chill out, Canada. Canada's unmistakable rejoinder: The U.S. can't flout the North American Free Trade Agreement on softwood lumber and expect Canada to let it pass. "We're going to have disputes," Rice told a news conference, flanked by Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew. But softwood lumber, she said, "is not the only issue in the U.S.-Canada relationship and it certainly should not be an issue that somehow is allowed to undermine our very good working relationship on a whole host of issues." http://www.cbc.ca/cp/business/051025/b1025126.html [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on October 27, 2005]

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