Canadian consumers are launching a “boycott” of American goods, The Wall Street Journal reports, in retaliation for Trump Administration tariffs and President Donald Trump’s words of disdain towards Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The only problem is that many of the consumer products Canadians believe are made in Canada are made in the United States, or by American corporations. Whoops, didn’t see that one coming.
The “boycott” officially began in July, in response to the Trump Administration’s new 20% tariff on Canadian steel and several other smaller tariffs, and after President Donald Trump called Trudeau “weak” at a meeting of the “group of 7.” Feeling disrespected, Canadians have pledged to rid their shopping carts of everything American.
Usually, we don’t pay that much attention to it,” one Canadian consumer told the WSJ. “You tend to buy the products that taste good, or you buy the products that are low in price where taste isn’t an issue.”
The Daily Wire reported:
“Most products assumed to be Canadian, though, are actually American. Old Dutch chips, for example, are mostly consumed in Canada, but are made in Minnesota. And, it turns out, Americans make a lot of products that people use every day. Canadians might be able to do without Heinz ketchup, but they probably won’t give up drinking Starbucks or Coca-Cola, using Apple and Microsoft technology, eating at McDonalds or wearing American-made clothing. If they do, they’ll hurt local Canadian franchise owners before they harm American business interests.
“And where brands are ‘uniquely Canadian,’ chances are they’re subsidiaries of global conglomerates headquartered in the United States. Unilever, Kraft, and Proctor & Gamble make most toiletries, packaged food products, and household goods sold in the U.S. and Canada.”
Nearly 20 percent of American exports go to Canada. And they like it that way.