Thursday, March 31, 2005

Clamming Down

Good on Canada for finally flexing our muscles a bit towards the US. However, since this is Canada, we're flexing our pinky finger:

OTTAWA: Canada is slapping-millions of dollars worth of sanctions on U.S. imports in retaliation for a lingering trade irritant.

The announcement of a 15 per cent surtax on cigarettes, oysters and live swine from the United States came Thursday, just as the European Union took similar measures.

The measures are expected to be worth about $14-million annually.

This begs two questions:

1. Are the United States going to notice a 14 million dollar tariff?
2. Oysters?

If we really want to get their attention, we'd threaten to legalize prostitution if they don't open the border to BSE and we'd send a married gay couple to Washington to make out on the White House lawn every day until the Softwood tariff gets lifted. That'd get Bush's attention.


  • Targeting a particular's Senator/Congressman's bread and...oysters...perhaps?

    By Blogger matt, at 11:15 p.m.  

  • More likely to irritate Canadian consumers than American producers?

    By Blogger JoshP, at 11:57 p.m.  

  • I disagree Josh.. I think a lot of Canadians have been calling for this - and they will understand and accept the duties as the price for removing the Byrd Amendment.

    Calgrit: Canada's duties on their own may not seem to amount to much.. but taken in combination with the EU's moves (which on their own may not be seen as much either), I think it will get Washington's attention... particularly if the other countries allowed to retaliate (Japan and Brazil among those) also impose duties.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 5:22 a.m.  

  • I made a similar observation as this was unfurling last year...

    By Blogger Red Tory, at 5:34 a.m.  

  • Retaliatory tarrifs harm certain US industries. Those industries dispatch their lobbyists to Washington. Congress listens. If enough nations participate, US protectionism will be a thing of the past.

    By Blogger Psychols, at 12:13 a.m.  

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  • So, I do not really imagine this is likely to have success.

    By Anonymous, at 8:44 a.m.  

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