Islandpacific - For the 1% of people that read labels the new regulations brought in by Mr Harper will be an eyeopener - No longer can product of Canada be put on a can of Chinese applejuice if the ingredients are not significantly from Canada. Unfortunately a disclaimer that says imported ingredients will suffice so you will not know if the apple juice came from USA - Argentina or China. But it is a start.
The problem is not where goods are sourced but the fact that we no longer have the facilities to produce many grown in Canada goods. We had our first trade deficit in 3 decades last December - We are no longer even the hewers of wood or the diggers of mines or the farmers to the world. Our homegrown capabilities are being left to rot while we struggle to raise funds to buy imported goods.
Sadly we are too small and too far in the hole of manufacturing desolation to pull ourselves out without forming a North American Union. This at a time when joining the US in a common currency would be economic suicide.
We have a US president that is full of promises and platitudes but little substance and a PM that is bereft of ideas surrounded by a cabinet that is afraid to bring forth any new ideas out of fear of banishment. An opposition that is fractured at best and poising itself to be the "I told You so Party" in the next election.
Strange that we have to look to China and Brazil (former basket case economies) for cash and investments and more importantly ideas on how to turn an economy around. They looked at what they had in their basket (China a huge work force - Brazil rich resources) and said what can we use in our basket to make things better.
The USA is looking at protectionism - Canada is looking at the USA only as a market and in the meantime Mexico is getting new investments and jobs - they have control over their resources (Canada does not under NAFTA) and are poising themselves to become the economic powerhouse of North America (They have a huge population and resources)
It is not going to be pretty folks - Governments are going to scramble over each other to experiment with our dollars and offer foreign companies our borrowed future to set up token shops in our countries to the detriment of our own existing entities.
P.S. You may be amazed at how much you can grow on a 10x10 plot of land - This year my front lawn is being transformed in to a herb and flower garden. No grass to cut and once established no weeds. My daughters small raised bed garden in the backyard will see an extension that will keep us in salads, beans and tomatoes during the growing season and a small lean-to greenhouse will grace the southern face of our house in the fall (all made from cast-offs from work)
It is possible - just takes some effort on our own part.