Sick at home, I must have lost a few levels of my patience. Maybe it's the glimmer of green power now that Saskatchewan has won the Grey Cup, after the last time of which occurrence my Sask roomie at university gave us all a lifetime's worth of the various ways to display your bombastic Rider Pride. Anyway, in this supersensitive condition, one is easily irritated:
The Ontario and Manitoba governments are working to make it easier for travellers to visit the United States without a passport, but Canadians shouldn't get the wrong message and consider it an invitation to shop more in border cities, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says. Mr. McGuinty met yesterday with Manitoba Premier Gary Doer to discuss new high-tech driver's licences the provinces are working on, which will contain citizenship data and could be used in place of passports at the border.First, my local economy in a border town includes the other side. I spend there with reason and have done so for years - get me the products at those prices and I am happy to buy in Canada. Second, this isn't PEI with its prohibitive departure fees and intimidating ads meant to keep local retailers on life support - this is the biggest economic engine in the country. If I save a buck there, I still spend it here. Third, since when is this a company town with the employed required to buy from the approved outlet? Is there similar encouragement for retailers to drop their prices? Finally, when did the competitive market stop being the mechanism by which excellence is honed. And post-ultimately, did we turn away US dollars when there was a 62 cent dollar? Hardly.
Streamlining the process to cross into the United States might tempt more people into shopping stateside, but Mr. McGuinty said shoppers should ignore the lure of irresistible deals and support their local economy. "My preference obviously is that Ontarians shop locally - it's better for the environment, it saves them time and it's good for the local economy," he said.
I do go on. I should be more patient. After all, there are likely "executives and judges" involved so I should not trust myself. Excuse me as I go to find my place.