Will Canada’s boycott on American goods be successful?

Canada is working to Boycott the American goods and travel markets after a public blowout between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau

The world is watching like innocent bystanders while two neighbors argue over a fence.

Since Donald Trump insulted and verbally attacked the Prime Minister (Justin Trudeau) of Canada, the next-door-neighbors to the U.S. have been urged to boycott purchases on American goods and travel. This leaves people wondering, “how will this political pissing match play out?” Will Canada really be able to abstain from indulging in all the goods America has to offer?

This tension has risen from a trade dispute in which Trump criticized Trudeau for threatening retaliation against him due to steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the U.S.   Trump also pulled out of the G7 Communiqué.

So far, there has been a decline on sales of Trump products. Also, the business is declining at his hotels and golf clubs. There is an online list conglomerated by the “Grab Your Wallet” campaign.  The list is comprised of companies which pertain to Donald Trump.  This is a personal attack on the president his personal finances and anyone who has funded him in the past.

The loyal Canadians are working to retaliate on American businesses from the inside out. Even with the resources available, how long will the Canadian general public refrain from sources of entertainment and foods brought to them by none other than the U.S.A. Only time will tell if this is a public hissy-fit or if there is a chance for compromise.

 

 

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  1. Mark Chapman 3 months ago
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    Since the alternative is capitulation, I suggest it will last a good long time, for some. There are some Canadians who are so in love with America that they are really just Americans who don’t live in the USA, and whether America leverages absolutely everything over which it can gain control is of no concern to them.

    They would have nothing but admiration for this jerk, for instance.

    https://investorplace.com/2018/06/canadian-consumers-boycotting-american-goods-is-a-big-nothing-burger/

    So what, says he. Whoopty-doo. Canadian exports are less than 20% of the USA’s imports, while American goods are at least 80% of Canadian imports. So we totally own those bitches. They’ll come around, because they have to.

    And, unfortunately, that’s an encapsulated view of the American business ethic – get control as early as you can, so you can use leverage to get your own way. And he’s right that it would be very, very difficult to tailor your everyday shopping, as a Canadian, so that you bought nothing which would put money in American pockets. I’ll give you an example. I usually buy those little goldfish snack crackers for our daughter’s school lunch. I checked, and Pepperidge Farm (the maker) is an American company. Fine, I thought; we’ll buy Annie’s Bunnies (same thing, essentially – fairly health-conscious baked snack, only made to look like a rabbit instead of a goldfish). Whoops! California company. Pretty much everything else on that shelf was Christies, which is ostensibly a Canadian enterprise, although none of the choices were as healthy as I like. But Christie is owned by Nabisco, which started out as the National Biscuit Company, in the USA. For a while the brand was owned by Reynolds, which is not only American, but a tobacco company! And it should go without saying that most Canadian companies are publicly traded – if American brands in Canada began to lose significant ground to purely Canadian companies, there would be nothing to stop wealthy American investors from buying shares in those companies and pocketing a nice profit. We could only pray that such companies would not be dumb enough to allow a majority shareholder who was American to take over, or that the company was not simply merged with some international giant with head offices in the USA.

    I personally think it will hurt worse than Mr. Smart-Ass thinks. Here’s how.

    The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), an organization of wealthy businessmen and internationalists who are interested in becoming ever wealthier, have for a long time had closer economic integration with the USA as their primary goal. Eventually, their dream goes, the border will be largely irrelevant, as the two countries become one – an economic juggernaut with all the power of American business coupled with all of Canada’s abundant resources.

    https://www.cfr.org/news-releases/trinational-call-north-american-economic-and-security-community-2010

    And the current climate is going to ensure that is a non-starter for a long, long time. Another casualty will be national goodwill; it’s difficult to read the label on everything you buy so as to ensure you stay away from American-made goods without developing some sense of enmity toward the maker you seek to avoid. And, finally, hurting a business does not necessarily have to entail a loss. Unless American businesses do so well just selling in America, in reaction to an external boycott, that their bottom line rises, then they will not be able to expand. And expansion, and grabbing more market share are the lifeblood of business; nobody likes to do just as well as they did last year, and the year before.

    We’ll see how it shakes out. But I am pretty confident the relationship will not improve as long as Trump is president. And the next chance to vote him out is not until 2020, which is an eternity in business and consumer trends. Certainly long enough for a boycott to become a habit.

  2. ANTHONY SUBLETT 2 months ago
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    Wow I think all was said in above comment🙃

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