Buy Canadian

CanadaFor the life of me, I can't remember who sent me the "Buy Canadian" email this morning. I think it was Mike from Lowville, please correct me if I'm wrong... I got the instant message while balancing four burning issues.

I thought it was a valid point and worthy of repeating here, so here's Mike from Lowville's "Buy Canadian" message to us all. I'll admit, I haven't been reading labels, but maybe I should start. What do you guys think?


You may want to check those labels when you do the grocery shopping, you will be shocked at were some of the items are coming from, I was for sure....spend more time shopping and it may help our fellow CANADIANS KEEP THEIR JOBS.

Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowe's the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments . They were all made in China . The next day I was in Home Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in Canada. Start looking.

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job. So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track . Let's get behind her!

My grandson likes Hershey's candy . I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more . My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico now. I have switched to Crest .. You have to read the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Wal-mart . I needed 60W light bulbs . I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off brand labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this -in Canada in a company in Ontario.

So throw out the myth that you can not find products you use every day that are made right here .

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in Canada - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying Canadian, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!

(We should have awakened a decade ago . . . . . . )

Let's get with the program . . . . help our fellow Canadians keep their jobs and create more jobs here in Canada.

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Good to see buddy was in Lowe's, an American retailer shopping while he whines about "Buy Canadian". Typical WHINY Union hypocrite dickhead who says one thing, does another.

And let's hope that the American's "Buy American". Seeing 86% of Ontario's exports go to the USA it'll help the economy in Ontario. The province will completely crash and burn, unemployment will be 50% and that'll push down wages & property values making Ontario MORE competitive than China.

SO buy Canadian and save your neighbor's job..unless he works in exporting..stuff like cars, food, etc to the USA

September 29, 2009 @ 8:58 PM


buy canadian isn't that bad an idea...

but you should spell canadian too.

September 29, 2009 @ 9:34 PM


Keep in mind also, that a product "manufactured in china", like an iPhone, or an iPod, or some other items, could potentially have been designed, marketed, research and developed in a country like Canada, so JUST checking the label isn't enough :)

September 29, 2009 @ 10:29 PM


Been trying to for a while now. Home Hardware is a good example for this. The Big Box stores generally are BAD for it, so watch yourselves.

September 29, 2009 @ 10:31 PM


Buy Cdn. is something I keep an eye on, particularly in the supermarkets. However I also watched a Marketplace story about misleading "Product of Canada" labelling.
After a while though - I no longer greatly care about Other Canadians living better than myself.

September 29, 2009 @ 11:06 PM


No offense to the posters here, but how about we start at the basics: it's "Canadian", not "Cdn" or "canadian" - sorry, kinda irked, but eh.

In many cases, I'll buy from local companies before going to national then international/American stores. In that, for odds and ends, I'd rather go to Giant Tiger or The Bargain Shop than Zellers (controlled by Americans) and Wal-Mart (American owned and operated). I pick up my groceries at Sobey's (Canadian) instead of Safeway (American) and the best subs in town are from Mr. Sub, not Subway.

Only local interest I don't support is Canwest - cuz they suck. I'm in Winnipeg, and I can't stand that company. I don't support any Canadian media organizations, interestingly enough.

September 29, 2009 @ 11:49 PM


It amazes me when I see garlic in gorcery stores from China. You know how easy it is grow garlic?? And it is plentiful from Ontario.

September 30, 2009 @ 5:44 AM


These "Buy Canadian" ads and e-mails are very misleading.

If we followed these ideals we would put a lot of Canadians out of work too. So if you only buy "CANADIAN" does that meaning buying from Toyota is bad? Even though it employs thousands of people in Cambridge?
Should we all boycot Wal-Mart and put more Canadians out of work?
By only supporting "Canadian" companies you are really only supporting the owners of that company and not the country as a whole.

And the Subway vs Mr. Sub fight is just as bad. Who do you think owns the Subway franchise and who are the people working in the Subway? Who does Subway pay their rent to? Where do they buy their supplies from? Who delivers the supplies?

It is a much deeper issue that just who owns the company.

September 30, 2009 @ 8:13 AM

Burlington Andy

As usual an article like this was a 'Buy American" which someone hastily changed to Canadianize it. That is why Lowes (a relatively new store in Canada) is referenced, as is the use of American English in the spelling.

Don't get me wrong, it is a good message that the economists miss. Lou Schizas on AM 640 was even saying today that Canada needs to be able to fight Chinese imports with better pricing etc., instead of tariffs on the goods. This only makes sense if the labour costs were equal, and the materials were of the same quality. Lou is usually bang-on, but way off this morning.

Anyway, long story short, Buy Canadian

September 30, 2009 @ 8:27 AM


Good point McNulty....I own a Honda Civic built in Alliston, where lots of Canadians are employed.

September 30, 2009 @ 8:57 AM

Mike from Lowville

@Mike. Yes, is was sent in by me. I received it, thought it was relevant and asked you to post it. As for Irvine's assumption "Typical WHINY Union hypocrite dickhead who says one thing, does another." I DON'T shop at LOWE'S or WALMART or HOME DEPOT. I was NOT the author of the e-mail. I support local Mom and Pop type stores. I shop at local farmers markets and buy local when ever I can. So, you can shove your "WHINY Union hypocrite dickhead" statement where it belongs, (and for you I'm sure it will feel good) right up your ass!!

September 30, 2009 @ 9:06 AM


But Mike from Lowville, what about the millions of Canadians that work for these "big chain stores"? Or the people that supply these stores and provide other services?

September 30, 2009 @ 10:01 AM


So did you folks give up your Tim Horton's before they came back "home?"

@Oliver - HBC is again back in the hands of Canadians, no? I could be mistaken.

September 30, 2009 @ 11:16 AM

jason |

Well I dunno Mike that might make it insanely hard for you to keep shopping at Wal-mart.

I already read labels and consider various aspects of what impact my purchase will have, and if there is a better laternative. That is what repsonsible consumers do.

September 30, 2009 @ 6:30 PM


Nobody has every shoved dollar bills in my pocket, just for being inefficient. Nor am I'm going to do that to anyone else.

It's a global market. If Canadian companies can not be competitive on the global stage, then they have no place being in business. That's why textiles and furniture manufacturing are all but gone from Canada (and USA). Appliances are almost gone. The world is changing and smart countries are specializing. Canada needs to get it's head out of the sand and stop looking for subsidies and false support from the population. Canada needs to wake up and figure out what it's going to be good at - on a global basis. Then beat the hell out out every country. What are we good at? R&D, Pharma, Graphic and Product Design, Product Development and Innovation, Biotechnology, Audio, Space Technology, Mining, Oil and Gas, Medical, etc. See a pattern?

I'll buy the product that I perceive has the greatest value (price / performance). If a Canadian company can get them into a store and be competitive, all the power to them. But, I'm not going to sacrifice value for the Canadian version, just to be patriotic. Specialize and be competitive, or die.

September 30, 2009 @ 10:54 PM


@elvis: according to Wikipedia, and I quote: "The company is owned by Hudson's Bay Trading Company, the retail arm of American private equity firm NRDC Equity Partners, which also owns a high-end department store chain in the U.S., Lord & Taylor." I'm pretty sure that's correct information. There are retail experts who post that stuff, so I believe it to be true.

There are some great points to be posted here, but I think it basically goes down as such: if I were to buy something at Walmart, in the end, it's an American company's bottom line that ultimately wins. True, there are a lot of people who work for Walmart, and it's also true that they support local interests, but I believe my decision to boycott them is offset by those who depend on them for pretty much everything.

Oh, and MY bottom line is: if they acted as though they wanted my business, I'd shop there. Try to get good service there or anyone knowledgeable in ANYTHING at that store. They put the least proficient people in their departments. I know this to be true - I worked at one for half a year near Vancouver. They put me in the automotive department. I've never driven a car in my life and I don't know the first thing about cars.

October 1, 2009 @ 1:11 AM


I rather pay extra to support the North American economy than "Made In China". "To support a mate, buy local made". If the Australian can widely publicized such slogan across the country, why can't we??

October 20, 2009 @ 11:37 PM


I always look for products made in Canada but they are very hard to find these days. I don't mind paying extra money for quality products. Home Hardware is one of the best places I've seen for Canadian products. I no longer shop at Canadian Tire because they only sell cheap junk from China and I am tired of returning the crap. Does anyone know of a website listing Canadian made products?

November 28, 2009 @ 11:44 PM

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