The top U.S. trading partner
After several careful reviews of Ezra Klein’s Jan. 25 Economy & Business column, “ The problem with competitiveness, and Canada,” I am still uncertain as to what Canada has to do with China and U.S. business competitiveness.
The United States is not in competition with Canada, asMr. Klein seemed to suggest, but enjoys a highly prosperous, symbiotic relationship with Canada. Each is the other’s largest trading partner — $1.3 billion worth of commerce per day. That’s about $1 million a minute. Canada buys four times more goods from the United States than does China, and Mr. Klein might also be surprised to learn that more trade is conducted across just one bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, than the United States conducts with Japan in a year.
Also, most Americans are shocked to learn that Canada— and not the Middle East— is our country’s top foreign supplier of oil, natural gas and uranium. I respectfully submit that Canada is a perfect example of why our country should actively and aggressively pursue free-trade agreements and reject the policies of protectionism that history clearly shows have proved economically devastating to the United States.
David H. Wilkins, Greenville, S.C. The writer was U.S. ambassador to Canada from 2005 to 2009.