I started my own personal boycott on the United States in November of 2016 by vowing not travel in south of the Canadian border until Donald Trump is no longer in power but now it’s getting more intense after the Trump insult to our Prime Minister and ultimately to all Canadians.
Our countries are so tied together economically and emotionally this is not an option for many. If your kids live in the US or you own a condo there I’m not suggesting you don’t go there but you might consider a few sanctions. While I am not convinced that a trade war is the answer to the Canadian difficulties with Trump I can at least make a statement, and so can you buy making sure that you buy Canadian (at least not US) products, as much as possible. In the season of produce that becomes even easier to do because we have so much food available without even leaving the market.
There are things that might be harder to boycott but some quick glances at labels on products will give you the information you need to make the choice.
I don’t drink orange juice or Coke so that isn’t a problem for me, but they may be non-negotiable for you. That is fine. For me Young Living Essential Oils are non-negotiable, and I won’t stop ordering them because of a flawed president. I will not, however attend conventions in the US and I will put Canadian cranberry in my vodka which will also be Canadian. (It’s easy to make your own cranberry juice by the way.)
If you decide not to use a product because it is from the US or some of it is from the US, then you might also consider writing letters to the manufacturer. If you aren’t buying groceries made in the US, you should likely write to the store’s head office to let them know. Writing letters increases the impact and lets businesses know the mindset of their customers.
It would be very unCanadian to be too radical, but this may be time to make a little more noise than usual.
For more information on how to discover if products are made or grown in Canada visit the Canadian Food Inspection Site.
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