Canadians Angry Over Buy America Rule?


Thousands of Canadians are voicing their concerns over Obama administration plans in the USA to encourage cities and municipalities in the USA to “buy american” in order to recieve a portion of USA federal stimulus money and this past week many mayors from acorss the nation made their views known to the USA on the matter.
A conference of big city mayors from across Canada was held in Vancouver this past week and those mayors’ passed a non-binding resolution that would encourage their municipalities to buy Canadian wherever possible.
Toronto Mayor, David Miller refused to agree to the action instead calling on more open and unfettered free trade between our two states. He stated that Toronto would continue to procure goods in the same manner as they alway have.
The action was led by the Halton Hills mayor.
Frankly, buying local is a good idea. Perhaps in order to avoid a clash with the americans, the slogan buy local should be adopted versus that buy Canadian.



  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Buy local? Now there's a progressive slogan if I've ever seen one. We wouldn't want that word Canada *shudder* sneaking in would we? Someone might think somebody is proud to be Canadian and we can't have that.

    Buy Canadian is a perfectly good slogan. Self censorship to avoid giving offence, especially when none was intended, is precisely what the PC elements in our society want from you.

    BUY CANADIAN, if you can find anything that's actually manufactured here anymore.

  2. jim bender
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Beer, wine, hookers,and art galleries.
    That's all we make!
    I can agree with the idea…..Let's all buy Canadian. But really, things need to start locally before we can kickstart the nation. If all little "locals" got together, we'd have a national movement and an economy to boot.

  3. penlan
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I do like the "buy local" as a slogan but people ususally associate it with fresh produce, meat, eggs & some other items.

    Anon also has a point when they said: "BUY CANADIAN, if you can find anything that's actually manufactured here anymore."
    A lot of the manufactured goods here are exported & are not the kind of goods that people buy. Construction materials & things along that line. What clothing, shoes, etc., are manufactured here anymore? Perhaps some tools are but I'm not even sure about that. Maybe I'll do a little research on that. Might find some interesting facts.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Tools? Nobody makes tools in Canada or for that matter in the USA anymore. If you've bought a power tool in the last ten years it was manufactured off shore. Check the labels at your local Home Depot.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    If the packaging cost more than the object inside(even though said object is made offshore)the product is considered to be "Canadian made".
    We are manufacturers of packaging materials,and nothing more.

  6. penlan
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Just as I thought Anon – about the tools. I think there is little here for the consumer that is actually "Made in Canada".

  7. Anonymous
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    "I think there is little here for the consumer that is actually "Made in Canada".'

    We've become a nation of consumers, not producers. If it weren't for the energy and auto sectors we'd be a third world economy.

    The impulse is to blame the manufacturers who moved their operations offshore but that's just passing the buck. The general public is really to blame. We were given a choice many years ago. We could choose to buy the domestic product or the less expensive (and crappier) imported item. The vast majority bought the cheap crap and that gave the domestic manufacturing sector the green light to move offshore.

    The person to blame for our problems is right where he usually is, in the mirror.

  8. jim bender
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Really well put: )to think that we are all so blind:(

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