2018-08-08 15:33:05 UTC
"Byker" <***@do~rag.net> wrote in message news:4qCdncJb8pcFlPbGnZ2dnUU7email@example.com...
: "Nearly 20% of American exports go to Canada. And they like it that way."
: Canadians Declare A Boycott On American Products To Punish Donald Trump.
: There's One BIG Problem.
: By EMILY ZANOTTI
: August 6, 2018
: Canadian consumers are launching a "boycott" of American goods, The Wall
: Street Journal reports, in retaliation for Trump Administration tariffs
: President Donald Trump's penchant for poking fun at their beloved Prime
: But there's one big problem: many of the consumer products Canadians
: are made in Canada are actually made in the United States, or by American
: The "boycott" officially began in July, in response to the Trump
: Administration's new 20% tariff on Canadian steel (and a host of other,
: significant tariffs on things like Canadian aluminum), and after President
: Donald Trump called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "weak" at a meeting of
: "group of 7." Angry at being disrespected, Canadians pledged to purge
: shopping carts of anything made below their southern border.
: "Usually we don't pay that much attention to it," one Canadian consumer
: the WJS. "You tend to buy the products that taste good or you buy the
: products that are low in price where taste isn't an issue." But, he added,
: this summer it got personal.
: Most products assumed to be Canadian, though, are actually American. Old
: Dutch chips, for example, are mostly consumed in Canada, but are made in
: Minnesota. And, it turns out, Americans make a lot of products that people
: use every day. Canadians might be able to do without Heinz ketchup, but
: probably won't give up drinking Starbucks or Coca-Cola, using Apple and
: Microsoft technology, eating at McDonalds or wearing American-made
: If they do, they'll hurt local Canadian franchise owners before they harm
: American business interests.
: And where brands are "uniquely Canadian," chances are they're subsidiaries
: of global conglomerates headquartered in the United States. Unilever,
: and Proctor & Gamble make most toiletries, packaged food products, and
: household goods sold in the U.S. and Canada.
: Nearly 20% of American exports go to Canada. And they like it that way.
: There's also another facet: some products that Canadians assume are
: American, like Haagen Dazs, are actually Canadian.
: The "close, personal" relationship is probably one reason that Donald
: believes levying tariffs on Canadian goods will help equalize trade: if
: can't go without American products, you're more likely to find your way to
: the bargaining table to keep those goods flowing.