En­voy touts trade deal through burger ex­am­ple

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A Cana­dian MP has used tan­gi­ble ex­am­ples, in­clud­ing the or­di­nary ham­burger, to show a Wash­ing­ton au­di­ence how dif­fi­cult it would be to tear up NAFTA and un­ravel the com­plex sup­ply chains that link the Cana­dian and Amer­i­can economies. The speech from An­drew Les­lie, par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary for Canada-U.S. re­la­tions. Les­lie told a group at Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity about the tens of thou­sands of Amer­i­cans em­ployed by TD Bank, the thou­sands who work on Tran­sCanada pipe­lines and the states that have Canada as their No. 1 cus­tomer. And then he brought up burg­ers, de­scrib­ing how a cow raised in Al­berta gets pro­cessed in the U.S.; the bun is baked in Cal­i­for­nia with wheat from Saskatchewan; the let­tuce might be from Ari­zona and the tomato from On­tario. And it’s taken sev­eral decades to weave sup­ply chains so ef­fi­cient that the ham­burger costs $5, he said. How do you un­tan­gle that?

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