So, Canadian governments, like other US allies around the world, can score big points domestically just by appearing to stand up to the US. They dont have to actually do much of anything in any concrete way. All they really have to do is create the appearance of opposing unpopular US policies. As long as the media plays along, theyre in business.
Now, Im not sure if you can read the red button on Paul Martins suit. Heres the close up view.