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  • Eugene from Town
    September 01, 2010 - 08:34

    To Mark D: ....and the provinces pick up the pieces, right? Any attempt to penalize provinces in the future with "internal processes" should be met with a much stiffer court challenge than Harpo offered to Quebec's Abitibi.

  • Mark D
    August 31, 2010 - 08:36

    Your reporter neglected to mention that Stephen Clakson is a well known Liberal party partisan who has published several books on his party. Correctly, Herman Lawrence points out the NAFTA process is not affected by internal processes of signatory countries to the agreement. It is internally where Harper will make the changes, due to the Newfoundland experience. Quite simply, if offending provinces seek the same remedy as was granted to Newfoundland, then the federal government will seek repayment of any paid damages from that province. Or, the federal government can choose to withhold monies by not engaging in projects for which federal funding is sought: like hydroelectric transmission lines. NAFTA is here; no point whining about the Provinces didn't sign it; nations sign trade pacts, not Provinces.