Jun. 30, 2018

This is a war that nobody wins

The Canadian government is flexing its muscle in a trade confrontation with the mighty United States – like a flea attacking an elephant.

There are never winners in trade wars, but a whole bunch of losers, the enitre population of the country. Our prime minister and his government are not hurting the U.S. with these tariffs, on the world stage Canada is a minor player.

There are more losers than winners in trade wars. Prime Minister Trudeau is punishing Canadians, most directly the midle class whose lot he vowed to defend and improve. This move certainly won't achieve that promise.

Take a look at some of the items on the list to be hit with tariffs including yogurt, coffee, licorice, chocolate, prepared meals including pizza and quiche, cucumbers, gherkins, soya sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, flavoured water, whiskies, manicure and pedicure products, shaving products, dish detergent, candles, glue and various types of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

That's only part of the list, so be prepared to pay at least 10 per cent more for virtually all those and other products the next time you go to the grocery store.