With all the US items being taxed by tariffs, how long do you think it will take before prices begin increasing. What about when other countries do the same, or will we not be included by tariffs from the EU?
Why would we be subject to tariffs from the EU? There is no trade spat between us and the EU.
The outcome should be obvious. Either prices of affected US products will increase by the amount of the tariff..... or the supplier and/or vendor will squeeze their margins to offset some of the tariff.
I think the more important thing is for Canadian consumers to simply not buy 'Made in US' products whether subject to tariffs or not, if they can fine a European or Asian alternative. That is our plan in our household. Example: Need a new laundry washer? Buy a Bosch right out of Germany (not a Bosch manufactured in the USA) or a Samsung made in Korea. Buy Mexican or Chilean produce, not the **** that comes out of CA or FL.
Consumers do have some power AND can persuade their retailers to do likewise. We do a lot of our food shopping at Loblaw's Superstore. My plan today is to send an email to them suggesting they source more of their products ex-USA and include that on their pricing signage in their stores. We also plan to avoid a vacation in the USA (including Hawaii) this year. There are many other places to go.
Added: I'd suggest this is what the G6 should be focusing some of their time at Whistler on right now.....and over the next several months. A significant crimp in the US export market should have some effect on Congress.
my fantasy is to see canada start secret negotiations with maybe the UK, Brazil and Mexico and maybe make a Trans Atlantic trade alliance ... let the Americans know that we are ready and willing to trade right around them
.The only negotiating stance that works against Donald Trump is the ability and willingness to walk away. Mr. Trump sniffs out weakness or desperation – in a friend or a foe – and he pounces without mercy. A defensive crouch is the wrong position, [Donolo says.]
NAFTA – at least as we know it – is dead. Donald Trump just killed it. The reckless and crippling 25-per-cent tariff on steel and 10-per-cent tariff on aluminum that the U.S. President’s administration just used to bludgeon Canada and Mexico (not to mention the entire European Union) is the murder weapon.
For all those who have spent the last 20 months convincing themselves that Mr. Trump was just posing, that he could be reasoned with or charmed, this will come as a brutal awakening.
sheesh, i do hope the above is true pie ... give spanky the finger and look elsewhere, that would wake him the @#$% up ... it would be painful at first but over the years would reap huge rewards to diversify our marketsrousing address from Peter Donolo in the globe saying that canada must walk boldly away from NAFTA.
donolo - long-time liberal party stalwart who served in the PMO under jean chretien - sees donald trump as a predator.
my takeaway is that Donolo's piece is a deliberate plant from the trudeau team. Donolo is the advance man with the first early news that canada's foreign policy vis-a-vis the US has profoundly changed. It's hardened to a degree never before seen during the entire past century.
the speed with which Justin Trudeau & Chrystia Freeland appeared to announce details of the new canadian counter tariffs showed that Plan B - which has now become Plan A - had been in the works for months. Trudeau's hard voice, his refusal to meet with the american vice-president, Freeland's clipped emphasis as she repeated the day & the very hour canada will start taxing US imports, were deliberate.
as donolo notes, the same moment is witnessing the launch of the federally-financed transMountain pipeline. It's the strongest possible statement that canada is exporting to asia, that canada & asia are open for business.
yes, i do hope canadians stick together as the going could get tough ... chrystia is doing a fine job ... i got to know her well on a weekly political podcast she used to do when she was working down in the states before she was elected ... smart girl ... pm material^^ i don't see it so much as giving trump the finger as looking out at all times for canada's best interests, given the cards that are lying on the table.
no one could have laboured more mightily or more loyally on the NAFTA dossier than chrystia freeland. Night & day, she worked her mandate as negotiator-in-chief. Now it's all come to nothing, for no other reason than that a sinister sociopath in the oval office has flipped to what he wants to call "national security" or a "sunset clause."
the silver lining to the US tariffs is that they are serving as a giant wake-up call to the planet. Not a nation now that doesn't know what a predator the white house hotelkeeper really is. Il Duce.
cat isn't it interesting to see how the forum is acting in concert? (for once!)
left or right, progressive or conservative, west or east, english or french, many are saying Boycott red state products. Let's make the best of transMountain, It's our baby now. And most importantly of all, Where & How can we make New Friends.
i like this further refinement of red state/blue state differentiation
great idea boycott red state product to the fullest extent possible
Considering that the average voter has no power, it doesn't matter who is elected in those states. The boycotts are meant for the targetted companies to engage lobbyists who then go after the representatives to make sure that US policies are in their favour, i.e. make sure that their export market is as wide as possible.LOL
whatta dumb idea
What exactly is that going to accomplish? Do you really think the average voter in the red states who voted for Trump will say, "Oh gee Canadians are boycotting our products so for that reason I'll vote for the Democrat candidate next time". Get real!
You people make me laugh.