Could Canadian boycott from imposed tariffs have local effect?

Zoe Greszler • Jun 18, 2018 at 10:00 PM

The U.S. and China aren’t the only ones involved in a potential tariff war.

Canada seems to be joining in the dispute in the form of a boycott. A recent report indicated even local retailers could feel the effects.

Twitter has seen hashtags like #BuyCanadian, #BoycottUSProducts and #BoycottUSA spreading in response to President Trump’s growing trade tariffs. 

The USA Today reported several stores throughout the U.S.’s northern neighbor have already removed American products and citizens are shying away from U.S.A.-based businesses such as Starbucks, McDonald’s, Walmart, Costco, Home Depot and others.

The U.S. recently added Canadian lumber, steel and aluminum to its list of tariffs. This came as the president also criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a tweet. After withdrawing the nation from the G-7 joint document, Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest & weak" for pushing back against the tariffs after Canada imposed “massive” tariffs on the U.S. for dairy.

While these issues seem far off, the tourism reports indicate the effects could have more a of a local effect as Canada sees a surge in patriotism and anti-U.S. sentiments, thus potentially decreasing the business to local tourist attractions like hotels and motels, Cedar Point and other attractions, and the general business that accompanies those visits. 

“Ohio tourist market also has an important international segment,” the Ohio Division of Tourism and Travel released in a recent fact sheet. 

“The international segment of Ohio's hotel, motel and resort market was 6.3 percent and primarily consists of Canadian travelers (3.5 percent of total). Foreign visitors in Ohio's campgrounds accounted for 12 percent of all visitors, Canada was also the primary source for these travelers.”

The Huron County Chamber of Commerce, Lake Erie Shores and Islands and the Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach all said they are unaware of a way to track how much business Huron and Erie counties see from the nation’s northern neighbors, but said it would be “interesting” to see if the effects trickle down locally with the tourism industry.

Summit Motorsports Park owner Bill Bader could not be reached for comment. However, his the racing business could see the effects as soon as this weekend since traditionally there’s a good Canadian following from the National Hot Rod Association, which will be holding an event this weekend at the Norwalk racing park. 

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