posted on Sep, 3 2006 @ 11:50 AM
Not all of us here are America bashers, although there's a lot of it. I didn't take the time to look up a post, but here's a site for you to see
sbob, do you have anything more recent than 1998, I'm sure in 8 years some of those issues have been resolved. You might also get a chuckle that some
of the issues in your link are a sore spot with many here too.
The liquor and beer taxes are on a province by province basis, and higher taxes are paid by all producers, whether American or Canadian based. Even
the Canadian distillers had a bone to pick with those taxes, because of excessive smuggling through native reserves.
The broadcasting act in force has not strayed far from it's original version, designed to protect the CBC from having to compete with other Canadian
broadcasters, and is somewhat out of date by this time, but has not been changed. Oddly enough, the same people that put those laws in place to
protect Canadian culture have now decided to make us officially multi-cultural.
One of the packaging requirements that American companies have problems with is almost certainly that we are a bi-lingual country, so all packaging
must be in both English and French (also in metric measure). There are many here who regard official bilingualism as a costly failure, especially when
in the name of protecting French language and culture, english signage is banned in Quebec. Here's a couple quotes from our current PM:
The last item on your list is the Canadian Wheat Board, that is a very sore spot for farmers out here, because it is not providing any kind of
subsidy, but is preventing them from going to the open market to seek a better price than they are having forced upon them.