Sunday, June 10, 2018

Trade with Canada - yikes another political post

Our Farm Management System really needs to be understood. Our farmers are permitted a certain quota of milk production and then milk products are produced. The prices we pay here support these industries and they are higher than anywhere I have been I must admit. The consumers pay for the dairy industry here in Canada because of higher prices; there isn't any government support for the dairy farmers. The Canadian farmers know they have a market for their milk and we willingly pay for it. Milk production is strictly controlled by quota as mentioned. Milk prices are also controlled here which is why there appears to be a large tariff on milk products coming into Canada. Here in Canada, we dump on the ground what we do not use (or use for feed where it is suitable) and it replenishes the soil; no waste. However, some of us (probably a lot of us) like to try cheeses in particular from other places (and that includes other provinces of Canada). I already mentioned Wisconsin cheese which is really quite tasty. I love cheese and every area in the world that produces cheese has it own unique flavour ((British Isles/European cheeses proved to be a delight when we traveled there and I gained pounds eating them! and the free trade we enjoy now with the EU brings in a lot of those cheeses I enjoyed there). Farm management is the best way to handle agriculture in my opinion but then we have been into that system for a very long time; my great uncle used to have to dump milk over the quota he was permitted to produce back in the 1950s! You could feed it to the pigs which I always thought he worked as another crop because of the dumping. He had a Jersey cow herd and that milk fresh from the cow was fantastic! The pigs were tasty as well and I am not particularly a large meat eater.

Well it is beginning to look like next winter will be perhaps cabbage salad (this is my favourite salad actually but probably not for most Canadians!), cooked cabbage, turnips, carrots and onions. We store a lot of those for winter consumption. Consequently, in order to enjoy fresh vegetables, we buy enormous amounts of salad product from the United States pretty much from September/October until May. Huge amounts cross the border daily from the United States to provide particularly our largest cities with fresh produce. We also buy enormous amounts of fruit from the United States year round. Apple Juice may well become the choice next winter instead of orange juice from the United States (that would be sad although I also like apple juice!). I said earlier in a political post that our hydroponic industry would get an enormous boost if the cheaper products from the United States ever stopped flowing across the border.

We have always (except on one occasion during one of the scenes over the Auto Pact) bought Canadian/American built cars (or perhaps the Journey was built in Mexico). Canadians buy a lot of cars that are produced by American companies.

Despite President Trump's comments, the balance of trade has always been in favour of the United States; we buy more from them than they buy from us (goods and services).

An American President personally insulting our Prime Minister is a shock to most of us I expect. We tend to think of our neighbours to the south (and north-west in Alaska) as our friends.

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