[quote="gus, post:10, topic:203996"]
When I worked (a US company)
We bought a good deal of material in Canada.
Their biggest advantage was the exchange rate.
We paid in US dollars. The result was low prices for us.
A source close by., excellent quality. For them it was employment.
Not sure were the dollar is right now?
The dollar is at or near par.It was worth $1.15 us not long ago but is being kept artificially lower by the Government to mollify Canadian producers and manufacturers who would prefer a 50-60cent dollars so they can make bucks without having to become more competitive .well they have had to increase productivity to remain competetive,and there has not been a huge growth in unemployment.
Usually when the US catches cold we develop pneumonia but this time our economy is diversified-we do a lot of trading with the Pacific Rim nations and as Canada is completely self-sufficient in EVERYTHING from energy to food production to manufactuting and really is a resource based economy ,and we have negligible debt compared to other nations we are in a very good position.
Our conservatives as someone has said previously are very moderate and their concern has been mainly fiscal with a modicum of social conservatism.
Someone else said not to count the liberals out.Wishful thinking.They won't see power for 20-30 years after trying to form an alliance with the NDP(communists by any other name)and the Bloc quebecois who are dedicated to the destruction of Canada so that they can realise their Utopian dream of an independent Quebec while retaining our currency and passports.
If they seperate it will be on OUR terms which will be punitive and draconian as they won't be negotiating with MPs from Quebec but the Rest of Canada,who are fed up to the teeth with them.The liberals are done like dinner because everyone knows that what they do is tax and spend and they made a FATAL error in trying to SEIZE power immediately after a federal election with quasi communists and traitors.
Canadians don't vote for political parties they vote AGAINST them.Mr Ignatieff who taught at Harvard for 20 or so years was foolishly recruited by the liberals to run as leader of that party.He can negotiate a cocktail party but not the Canadian Electorate.
We just may get a conservative majority govrnment next election because the conservatives have chucked unpopular laws like the long gun registry, cut off money to every screeching feminist group under the sun and have proven to be very effective money managers.
Big City Canadians,Toronto ,Montreal,and Vancouver tend to be much more liberal than we in Canada's heartland and we way outnumber them so they won,t be deciding the out come of any more elections.They have drifted left(just look at their ludicrous NDP dominated city councils)while we hinterland Canadians have moved decidedly to the right_it's like the New york,California syndrome.
Canadians don't like surprises and it's no accident that our national animal is a very industrious rodent.:)