The phenomenon of SuperPACs and corporate lobbying is most prevalent in the US. American industry is known for lobbying for protectionist trade policies and the softwood lumber dispute is an excellent example of this lobbying. The US has repeatedly levied unlawful tariffs on softwood lumber products from Canada. “Gold” can get you to some places, but international trade law is not easily swayed by “Gold” compared to the US federal government.
In the context of the Boeing/Bombardier dispute, there is a lot of misinformation in this thread. Bombardier has very good lawyers to fight and drag this out, Boeing has very good lawyers to ensure a quick and clean decision. Boeing is not the only manufacturer to use international trade disputes to try and disrupt new aircraft. Airbus did this with the 777X. At the end of the day, these “decisions” by international committees and courts take forever and is difficult to enforce. There will likely be minimal impact on the CSeries and/or Boeing.
That being said, the lawsuit has already done its intended purpose, it has drawn out people from both sides using militant rhetoric. If Boeing cancels the 737-7MAX, their fans can blame the CSeries, no matter what the international courts say because they believe the CSeries was subsidized by a socialist government that has nothing better to do than pour money into companies. If Bombardier cancels the CSeries, their fans can blame Boeing for being predatory regardless of the court decision. It’s a PR win-win for Boeing and Bombardier even if the lawsuit ends up being lost in the system for 10-20 years.
Everyone here is fighting over nothing other than some loaded rhetoric from Boeing and the Canadian Government.