Over Xmas and New Years, we went to Montreal. Why north in the winter? Well, when you get back, it really seems refreshingly balmy at home. Think about it; the Canadian snowbirds have it backwards. They should go to Greenland for winter vacations, instead of Florida.
Since I couldn’t find any Made in the USA clothing in America, I tried to find some Made in Canada clothing in Canada. I did find one item in the Montreal Walmart, a belt, which I bought. In the 8-story Bay department store (BTW, this is where E-Bay comes from) I asked a clerk if there was any men’s clothing made in Canada; he said no with some regret. I did find a cap, which I bought.
What has this got to do with S&T? Well, manufacturing is the business end of the innovation cycle; that’s where the money is made to recoup R&D investments. By ceding this phase to other nations, the US, and now Canada, is giving up on the opportunity to actually make money from S&T. I don’t think that is a sustainable policy.
R. D. Shelton