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Why The Heck Is Canada Having Orange Juice Tariffs? That’s Ridiculous

Of course we’re all aware that this very idea of a trade war is ludicrous. Each government is promising, with ever greater vehemence, to shoot their own population in the foot even more. For the people who pay tariffs are the people sheltered behind them. Canadians pay tariffs imposed by the Canadian government.

Now, even given all of that there are still even more stupid ways of conducting such impoverishing policy.

When Sen. Patrick Toomey looks at the future of the ketchup market in his home state of Pennsylvania, he sees real blood on the floor.

On Sunday, Canada’s $16.6-billion worth of retaliatory tariffs on dozens of U.S. products is set to kick in — the country’s answer to the crushing steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

So ketchup is on the list.

From ketchup to toilet paper: Canada launching retaliatory tariffs

So’s toilet paper. So, it’ll be more difficult to choke down your poutines as a result, also more difficult to get rid of your poutines a day later. Well done there.

Still, there is at least some logic to some tariffs. No, on balance, they’re still stupid. But if you have domestic production of whatever it is then that domestic production can step up to supply consumers. If you’ve no such domestic production then the effect on consumers will be greater. So:

From ketchup to orange juice: Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. will hit hard and wide

Orange Juice? How large is Canada’s domestic production of that? To a statistical estimate I’d say zero. So, all this actually manages is to make orange juice more expensive for Canadians. There aren’t even any domestic producers who might benefit.

Seriously, imposing tariffs on something that you don’t even produce, at all, domestically is the one thing even more stupid that having a trade war in the first place.

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6 years ago

All politicians are snakes, but dumb ones at that, and their response to another dumb snake is to act just as dumb. However, I don’t doubt that there is a core of Canadians who will now fight to the death for expensive OJ, just as they are apparently willing to fight for expensive milk and cheese.

6 years ago

Oooo, did you have to say that? I’ve been on various post-operation medicines and haven’t had a poo in seven days.

Philip Scott Thomas
Philip Scott Thomas
6 years ago

Ketchup on poutine? Quelle horreur!

6 years ago

@jgh, aahhh yes, a time when stool softener is not an odd way to describe a cushion.
In the same boat myself

6 years ago

Yeah but pips are squeaking and that’s all that matters isn’t it? (LOL)

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