Perhaps I should have entitled this piece ad infinitum. As defined in Wikipedia;
"Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on,While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on."
Ok, this is what I am on about; Jack Layton said Canada should pursue a Buy Canadian strategy, and Harper immediately branded this as "trade war". How very ingenious of him and how typical too. One liner slogans are his specialty afterall. Anything more than that, well you know... Even when given a road map with X marks the spot, this guy still couldn't find his way home.
There is nothing wrong with a campaign to encourage Canadians to buy Canadian. It neither infringes on so called, free trade agreements, nor does it attack the spirit of them. They remain intact and unincumbered. I do this type of thing myself, by my own choice and due to the simple fact that I have made an effort to educate myself somewhat on what is a Canadian company and what is not, plus paying some attention to things like labeling, I am able to make some choices that favor Canadian companies, and ULTIMATELY, the Canadian economy and job market to some small degree.
Could someone please explain to Harper and his people that there is power in numbers outside of the ballot box? C.C. that to Mr. Irrelevant too. That would be Ignatieff.
The link below is to a CBC article and the comments expand on this issue. What have we come to when Jack Layton is the one making sense? I touched on another idea that is in keeping with this yesterday in my attempt to make some sense of the strategies driving the latest budget, particularly in regard to the area of Capital Cost Allowance changes, and this all fits together. Even under free trade agreements, Countries have the right to direct public money to be spent within the Country so why not at least exercise our options?
Protectionist fears such as this will only serve to hurt our economy. America isn't going to pay any attention to the Canadian government encouraging it's Citizens to buy Canadian. It is not significant in proportion to their economy. It is in relation to the size of ours though. Besides that, most of what they buy from us, they do so because of competitive cost structure and/or sheer need as with energy and resources.
Instead of running from every issue that Harperites think may upset America, be smart. Rub their belly's some too. Put some emphasis on giving Industries we have shared interest in some prime time as well. The North American Auto Industry for instance. There is a great deal of misunderstanding regarding that industry among many Canadians, and many don't grasp how important and integral it is in this Country. Yes, they have made a lot of mistakes. Now is the time to reflect upon those things, reorganize and move ahead.
Like minded thoughts.