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‘Ticked-off’ Canadians look to boycott US grocery products …if they can only identify them

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Liberal Cannucks angry with President Donald Trump for levying aluminum and steel tariffs on Canada are leading a movement to boycott American-made products.

…if they can only figure out what is made in the US and what is not.

“Ticked-off” shoppers north of the border are looking to boycott American-made products after the country was hit with a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Canada retaliated by slapping tariffs on staples such as orange juice, ketchup, and yogurt.

And while Canadian shoppers who dislike Trump taking a stand in favor of more balanced trade want to punish US companies, the boycotters are being challenged by cross-border production chains.

“The United States has been taken advantage of for many decades on trade,” Trump said in a statement earlier this year. “Those days are over. Earlier today, this message was conveyed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada: The United State[s] will agree to a fair deal, or there will be no deal at all.”

Canada is the U.S.’s top export market, taking in 18 percent of all U.S. goods that are sold abroad, according to the Journal.

As a result, anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of the food sitting on Canadian grocery store shelves was made in America — never mind that there are over 400 Walmarts in Canada.

“I’ll swear up and down something is 100 percent Canadian,” Beth Mouratidis told The Journal.

The Barrie, Ontario, resident curates a list of Canadian food and household products, and she pointed to Old Dutch chips as one product she thought was made in Canadian only to later learn that Old Dutch Foods Ltd. is a subsidiary of Minnesota-based Old Dutch Foods Inc.

Ah, the perils of a shared border and friendly coexistence with a long-time ally.

While US corporations are sure to be concerned about the impact of such a boycott, social media users seem to be unperturbed.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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