(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)
Two historic figures in American politics spoke about the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute this week — one sympathetic to the northern neighbour, and the other less so.
The good cop: John McCain.
Bad cop: Jimmy Carter.
The ex-presidential nominee and ex-president offered contrasting views this week on the Trump administration’s decision to slap duties up to 24 per cent on Canadian lumber and initiate the latest round in a recurring trade feud.
McCain lamented that this was a poor way for U.S. President Donald Trump to start relations with a neighbour.
“Couldn’t we have tried to sit down and negotiate that issue? Rather than send the message early in the administration that we’re going to retaliate?” the Arizona senator said during a conference at the U.S. State Department on Tuesday. Click here to read more.