Some Canadian election coverage related to manufacturing, to tarifs, etc.
Layton promises to fight for forestry workers
NDP Leader Jack Layton made a play for votes in northern Ontario as he promised to fight for workers in the forestry sector.
‘People here are living on pins and needles when it comes to the future of the whole wood sector,’ he said Sunday.
The region has seen job losses in both the lumber and pulp-and-paper sectors due to the effects of the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S. and a cost-price squeeze in the pulp sector.
If the Americans didn’t show movement on the softwood lumber issue, Layton said he slap an export tax on Canadian oil and gas destined for the U.S. market.
2006: The most calamitous year yet?:
Barring extraordinary good luck and/or the undeserved mercy of God, Canada today verges on what could prove the most calamitous year in its 139-year history as a confederated state. It has five central problems and is effectively confronting none of them.
The first is the economic uncertainty of its manufacturing industries, centered almost entirely in southern Ontario and Quebec. These, like those in the United States, are facing devastating competition from Asia. The Canadian tendency, however, will be to subsidize, rather than downsize, using federal money to do it.
Where will the money come from? That’s the second problem. It will have to come from booming Alberta, whose tar sands represent a fossil fuel reserve rivaling even that of the Middle East.