Thursday, March 31, 2005

Yeah? Well you're a big meany!

Babble on.

I'm no expert on stumpage fees or trade rulings, but when the U.S. ignores trade agreements and mugs Canadian companies to the tune of $4 billion, couldn't we do something more than slap them with a lace glove and surtax their oysters, swine and cancer-sticks?

Because when we do a cool $1 billion of trade across the border every day, $14 million in retaliation seems positively underwhelming to me.

Babble off.


At 4:00 p.m., Blogger Sean McCormick said...

Classic Lib approach: look like you're doing something without actually doing anything.

At 6:36 p.m., Blogger The Monger said...

Classic Lib approach part 2: do the wrong thing, just do it slowly enough that you hope most people won't notice.

At 8:36 p.m., Blogger Temujin said...

Classic Lib Approach part 3: Let's prove that Canada is a distinct nation, separate from the U.S., by falling in line with what the EU is doing. And let's do it right after our meeting with the President.

At 2:27 a.m., Blogger Paul said...

Classic Lib approach part 4: sell a government-owned natural resource at an artificially low (below-market) price, increase taxes on everyone else to cover the difference, and claim it's the Other Guy's fault.

At 11:20 a.m., Blogger chip said...

Sure, let's get into a trade war with the US: the most trade-dependent country in the G7 against the least trade dependent, the country running a massive trade surplus against a country running a massive deficit, a country that sends 86% of its exports south against a country that sends most of its goods within its borders.

Face it, the only leverage Canada has is political, and of course we pissed that into the wind years ago.

At 6:05 a.m., Blogger Roberto Iza Valdes said...

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