Posted by: Rob | June 18, 2009

Commenters are Funny

A few days ago, I wrote a little about the growing backlash in Canada over the recently renewed “Buy American” campaign in the US, which is also entrenched in the economic recovery act, or “stimulus” bill.

There has been some ongoing debate about this here, with both sides tackling the issue.  This piece, in the Globe and Mail, posits that the Provinces have only themselves to blame.  A long history of petty bickering and squabbling over inter-provincial trade barriers, and the inability to remove them, meant that there was a slim chance the provinces and Ottawa could unite to provide the framework for a section left open in NAFTA to define reciprocity measures.

Canadian and American negotiators went so far as to leave a nice space in the voluminous NAFTA deal for a reciprocity arrangement – Section 1024.

“The parties shall commence further negotiations no later than Dec. 31, 1998, with a view to the further liberalization of their respective government procurement markets,” according to the NAFTA text. The section further committed the countries to try to get state and provincial governments on board – “on a voluntary and reciprocal basis.”

The article itself is a bit of a history lesson now, but I got quite a chuckle out of this comment left by “garlicktoast”:

If American dairy producers had access to our markets, we would lose our own dairy industry.  I don’t trust them to not accidentally poison us.

It might be that I am one of the few who find this funny, in a scarily true sort of way, but that’s the way I roll.


  1. “accidently”? oh, this guy is naieve!

  2. Or did he mean “incidentally”?

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