The past week has been a rough one for Canada-U.S. relations with the American president slapping huge tariffs on Canadian imports and slamming our Prime Minister as “dishonest” and “weak.” The Canadian government has announced a plan for implementing strategic retaliatory tariffs effective July 1st but Canadians have also taken it upon themselves to hit the U.S. where it really hurts on their own.
Using hashtags like #BuyCanadian, #BoycottUSA and #BoycottUSProducts, Canadians are refusing to buy American and instead opting for “Made in Canada” products. Like the #ThanksCanada trend, this online conversation is meant to show solidarity with and among Canadians against the hateful words and actions of the American president.
Proud of our Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau for standing up, politely and reasonably, to @realDonaldTrump , the bully-in-chief south of the border, and his henchmen…… “Special place in hell” indeed. #DumpTrump #TradeWar #BuyCanadian #AlliesNotEnemies pic.twitter.com/1SVDn7Gytg
— NJ Anderson (@11Pens) June 11, 2018
I have always tried to buy Canadian products first & foremost, but given the current trade enviro, I will ensure I do from now on! No disrespect to my US friends, but I must stand behind & defend Canadian goods. #cdnpoli #BuyCanadian #NAFTA #TradeWar #trade #Canada #Ontario pic.twitter.com/wfaXwD5Rlm
— Quarkybirdy 🇨🇦 (@Quarkybirdy) June 13, 2018
— Bill Jones (@GooBill) June 12, 2018
— Scott Chamberlain (@scottawan) June 10, 2018
It’s a sweet sentiment, but it’s even sweeter when you consider that buying Canadian isn’t just a way to stick it to Donald Trump, it’s actually great for Canada. The impact of thousands of people suddenly buying local could be overwhelmingly positive for the Canadian economy, local markets and independent business owners.
Buying Canadian can be as simple as taking note of where your produce is from and consciously buying tomatoes and lettuce grown in Canada. That’s something you can do from your regular grocery store — although hitting up a farmers’ market is even better for your local economy.
There are also any number of Canadian retailers and makeup companies you can switch to for locally-sourced fashion and beauty products. Heck, if the economic boost and Trump connection isn’t enough for you, even Her Royal Highness Meghan Markle is a huge fan of buying Canadian fashion.
For those interested in finding all those quality Canadian products, there’s even a Reddit thread dedicated to compiling as many as possible. Thank you, random Reddit-user.
Some people are taking #BuyCanadian to the extreme (if you want to call supporting your country “extreme”) by booking vacations to Canadian destinations when they might have gone elsewhere. This country is beautiful; why not skip the annual trip to Florida and visit the West Coast instead?
— Supreme Leader Lyna (@honestlyna) June 1, 2018
— Wendy Michael🍁 (@wendyhaymichael) June 13, 2018
— Lee Walzer (@LeeWalzer) June 10, 2018
Looking for more? MacLean’s has put together an ultimate guide to shopping Canadian during the trade war.
Even if this is a brief trend toward Canadian products and away from American, it is at the very least creating awareness for Canadian brands and encouraging people to be conscious about where their purchases are coming from. Good Canadian brands are often overlooked out of ease, but once you find a way that works, sourcing your food, clothes and other products domestically isn’t all that more difficult than buying America.
Crown Royal, anyone?