Many of my countrymen are upset with me, because I don’t write that much about Canada, even though a great deal is happening on the North Side of the US/Canada Border.
1 – Canada has literally no world standing. We used to before the Liberals took charge. But that’s just history in the wind.
2 – Canada has not made a significant Global Contribution, since the end of World War Two, with the exception of how much we recently sacrificed in Afghanistan.
3 – Without the USA on our border, Canada would possibly be as noteworthy as Sweden, and everyone knows how important Sweden is to the Global Condition.
4 – AND 87% of the people who read Galganov.com are American.
And with all of that said, with every passing day, more people from Canada are signing-up to the Galganov.com Directory, and helping to support the BLOG.
Canada has very little to sell . . . that the rest of the world needs or cares about. Our biggest and most important export has for years been energy. But, now that the world is flooded with oil and gas – and our governments have made coal burning nearly a crime, we in Canada are energy-screwed.
Because of our short growing season, it seems that the only thing we can grow from late Spring to early Summer, before it becomes too late in the season to plant, besides some Fruit like Apples, Peaches and Cherries . . . is Corn, Rye, Wheat, and Soya Beans. We do grow some Cabbage, Lettuce and Tomatoes, but not enough of any of them to market worldwide as an industry.
Our Pulp and Paper Industry, which used to be a major player is NOT SO MUCH ANYMORE, since newspapers and printing, seem to be going down for the count.
Canada’s Unions, with the help of multiple governments and regulations priced our country out of the competition. Why should the BIG-3 American Auto Makers build in Canada, when they can get the same or better LABOR for substantially less money, with far fewer regulations elsewhere?
And if the Americans don’t think it’s really worth manufacturing cars in Canada, why would the Europeans or Asians think any differently?
When I was a young man growing up in Montreal, Montreal was known as one of the four SCHMATTA CAPITALS (Fabrics and Fashion Production) of the world, competing with Paris, London and New York . . . But not anymore.
So . . . what else can Canada sell to the world, other than our water, which would be our last straw (pardon the pun), since none of our other natural resources are doing much to add to the Value of our Nation.
The world deals in US Currency . . . Therefore, whatever Canada buys, whether from the USA directly or abroad, is traded in US Dollars. So think about this . . .
When we buy a head of Cauliflower from abroad, the cost for every Canadian Dollar to make that purchase, at this moment’s exchange rate is $1.456. And when you factor in the charges for the transaction paid to the banks, the real cost for a Canadian to buy ONE US DOLLAR . . . is just under $1.50 Canadian.
I used a Head of Cauliflower as an example, because one of our friends back home in South Eastern Ontario, just paid $8 for a Head of Cauliflower .
So, to put this into perspective . . . based on Anne and myself. We went out for lunch yesterday, at a really nice and affordable Austin Italian Restaurant. After the main courses, a coffee for Anne, and a soft drink for me, the bill was $22 before the tip.
I left a 20% tip on the total, as I always do for good service, since the servers work plenty hard for a very small salary, depending on decent tips to make a living.
So, in this case, I left a $5 tip, slightly more than 20%, because the young girl serving us was really very pleasant and efficient . . . bringing our total meal cost to $27 US, which after converting our dollars (Canadian to US) brought this simple meal up to $40 Canadian.
Now . . . apply this formula to everything in Canada, which is purchased from the USA or abroad, and you can just imagine how tough things are for your neighbor on your Northern Border – and it’s no laughing matter. Canadians are indeed bleeding.
If it is at all possible, with unrelenting unemployment, under-employment, suffocating energy costs, smothering regulations, a $0.69 Dollar before transaction fees, and negative manufacturing, Canada has elected a DILETTANTE Prime Minister, and LEFTIST Premiers in each Province with the exception of Oil and Fertilizer Rich, Farm Driven Saskatchewan.
So . . . How does our Prime Minster DILETTANTE Justin Trudeau deal with this?
1 – He promises to BURY Canada into DEFICIT and DEBT.
2 – He’s going to make everything better by legalizing Marijuana.
3 – He’s going to flood Canada’s Immigration with Syrian and Arab Immigrants.
4 – He has decided to UNILATERALLY change Canada’s voting system, and the way of running government, to a COCKAMAMIE new way of electing Members of Parliament, in a WHOLLY DIFFERENT WAY than Parliament has ever been elected to do from the very beginning since 1867.
All of this without consulting the people by referendum . . .
The Maritime Provinces . . . ARE DOING WHAT THEY ALWAYS DO, living off the welfare of the rest of Canada in total Maritime obscurity, hoping no one will notice. Although, that said . . . I love PEI (Prince Edward Island), which is a Province that is no bigger than a small city, with a total population of about 146,000 people, making very little to no demands on the rest of Canada.
Quebec . . . IS ABSOLUTELY BANKRUPT, yet, it seems that the most important issue on French Quebec’s agenda, is how to make it even harder for the English language to survive in Quebec, and to spread the forced use of the French Language throughout the country, denying English speaking Canadians equality in the Federal Work Force.
Ontario . . . IS MORE BANKRUPT THAN QUEBEC, with a much higher debt than California, with just one quarter of the population if California, with the distinct claim of having the highest energy costs to its residents, than anywhere else in Canada and the USA.
Manitoba . . . THANK GOD FOR FARMING, since Manitoba is one of the few provinces that actually produces products (Cash Crops) that are marketable throughout Canada and around the world, Manitoba is not a millstone around the neck of Canada.
Saskatchewan . . . THE ONLY CONSERVATIVE LED PROVINCE, blessed with marketable agriculture, beef, potash, oil and gas – sits at the center of Canada, quietly prospering in the background.
Alberta . . . IS HEMORRHAGING JOBS AND MONEY, while the newly elected SOCIALIST government is trying to figure out how to protect their Detestable Public Salaries, Perks and Pensions, while the province, which was Canada’s Banker for years, is on a race to the bottom.
British Columbia . . . CANADA’S LEFT COAST, is rich with Natural Resources, Tourism, Mild Weather when it’s not raining, Mining, Cash Crop Agriculture, Fish Agriculture, and a hugely Multicultural Community – predominantly with Hindus, Sikhs, and Asians.
The problem with British Columbia . . . is that it is absolutely DIVIDED culturally, socially, and physically by the Rocky Mountains from the rest of Canada, and is closer in proximity to Alaska to the North and Washington to the South. But it’s Canadian.
In the long run . . . I’m not thinking that Canada has any real decent short term prospects, because of our DREADFUL POLITICS & EVEN MORE DREADFUL POLITICIANS.
And until America sorts itself out, Canada will be hanging in limbo.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov