David Emerson hailed the new improved softwood lumber agreement as "a nation-to-nation agreement, it's a treaty."
Ha! Why, sure, if by "treaty" you mean another 2-ply extra-soft super-absorbent guarantee that the US will treat like so much used toilet paper whenever it suits them.
And what do we get out of it? In return for $1 billion, the US promises not to bother losing any more NAFTA court battles to us for the next two years.
Harper released a statement hailing the agreement as "a great day for Canada" and CTV further reports:
"the Tory hope is that, with softwood out of the way, Harper and Bush can concentrate on issues like global security, water exports..."
And photo ops. Lots and lots of photo ops.
You're not fooling anyone, you know.
Update : Ross at The Gazetteer is all over this.