The U.S. wants to diminish the WTO’s ability to settle trade disputes.
In a $19 trillion economy, the loss of a $70 billion industry just isn’t that big a deal.
Canada invented contingent protectionism back in 1904, so we’re not exactly innocents in this area.
President Trump seems to be taking a 1930s-style beggar-thy-neighbour approach to trade.
Years ago when I lived in Victoria and manned a small office, a salesman wandered in and tried to sell me his particular photocopier. He noted my current machine was Japanese but his was Canadian. So obviously, I should support Canadian jobs and lease his made-in-Canada brand instead.
Ever since Berkshire Hathaway Energy announced it would buy up Calgary-based AltaLink Ltd (an electricity transmission company with 12,000 kilometres of power lines), the predictable protectionist sentiment ramped up.
The ongoing debate over the three Canadian telecommunications giants and the possibility of U.S-based Verizon entering the Canadian market has once again brought consumer issues to the fore.
I shall beg off addressing that particular issueit has been covered in detail by others, but the fact so many have passionate views is a reminder that consumer issues matter. This is unsurprising, given that almost everyone outside of some fellow in a remote cabin in North Korea is a consumer. Almost everyone then has an interest in such pocketbook issues.
When I lived in the idyllic city of Victoria, a photocopier salesman once tried to lease me one of his machines by noting mine was made in Japan (while his was manufactured in Canada). He told me I should lease the latter and not the former to support Canadian jobs.
The salesman couldnt have known this, but Id spent two years in the land of the rising sun, so he lost me at Japan. I like it when my fellow Canadians have jobs; I also like it when my friends in Japan are employed.