In an attempt to grease the wheels in the trade battle over softwood lumber, the Canadian embassy last week sent Domino’s pizzas to 170 members of the U.S. Congress, focusing in particular on members who have environmental concerns. The Canadians were careful to deliver “politically correct” pizzas: meatless and packaged in boxes made from recycled paper. The members also received a videotape arguing that Canada’s timber harvesting practices aren’t destroying pristine wilderness. It’s not clear if the pizzas will have the domino effect that was hoped for — Congress is still expected to voice vigorous opposition to what some see as an unfair invasion of Canadian softwood lumber products into the U.S. market.

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