Canada is targeting key states and the Republican leadership in a bold move to help swing the midterm elections against the party of Trump.
Canada launched a bold assault on swing states and Republican strongholds last week in the wake of Trump’s trade war and continued attack on the country’s political leadership.
Leading Canadian news magazine Macleans has been spearheading much of the country’s push-back against the Trump regime and led the charge with this bold new plan.
Macleans set their plan in motion last week with the publication of an article which “compiled a list of products” that Canadians can support “at the expense of their American counterparts.” In other words, Macleans is calling for a boycott of American products currently on Canada’s tariffs list.
But wait, it gets better. They are not calling for any old boycott. Nope, they are targeting key swing states and home states of leading Republicans such as Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis) and Mitch McConnell (Ken).
The aim of that plan was two-fold, as Macleans explained to fellow Canadians: “In some cases, you’ll be ramping up pressure in key U.S. political constituencies by foregoing products on Canada’s tariff list. In others, you’ll be boosting Canadian-based operations whose supply networks span the border, reminding Americans which country imports more of their goods and services than any other.”
Below are the products targeted in swing states:
- Orange Juice: As Macleans explained it targets Florida: “known for being an orange juice producer and a volatile swing state.”
- Treats: “Chocolate, licorice candy and other sugar confectionary are also on the tariff list. It’s another cleverly aimed levy, this time directed at the swing state of Pennsylvania. The state is home to the Hershey factory, famous for its chocolate products as well as Twizzlers licorice.”
- Toilet Paper: “It’s another tariff targeted at Pennsylvania. Kimberly-Clark operates a paper mill in Chester, Pa., producing Scott toilet paper. Charmin toilet paper also comes from the Keystone state, as Procter & Gamble has a plant in the town of Mehoopany. “
- Peanut Butter and Jam: “Jif [peanut butter] is owned by the J.M. Smucker Company, which produces Smucker’s jam, jelly and marmalade in Orrville, Ohio.”
- Soup: “Earlier this year, Campbell’s announced that it would close its plant in Toronto and shift operations to facilities in North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.” While Texas isn’t a swing-state, North Carolina and Ohio are both “perennial” swing states.
And below products associated with the home states of the Republican leadership:
- American-made Whiskey: As Macleans explained: “This includes bourbon from Kentucky, the home state of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.”
- Yogurt: “Republican Speaker Paul Ryan is likely unhappy with this tariff—his home state of Wisconsin is well-known for its dairy exports.”
- Cucumbers and other Produce: “You’ll also be paying more for cucumbers and gherkins, more products that Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin is known for. Instead, look to Lakeside Packers, a family-owned operation based in Harrow, Ont., that stands as one of the last remaining pickle packers in Canada… However, the harsh Canadian climate poses a bit of a challenge for some fruits and vegetables, such as avocados. If you can’t get it from this country, consider getting it from Mexico and stand with another NAFTA partner being targeted by Trump.”
- Flavored Carbonated Water: “It’s yet another Wisconsin product being tariffed. The state is home to LaCroix, a brand of flavoured sparkling water.”
- Soy Sauce: “Kikkoman is among the world’s most popular soy sauce brands, and its products are ubiquitous in the international aisle of any grocery store. Just like cucumbers and dairy, Kikkoman’s soy sauce also comes from the Badger State [Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin].”
- Peanut Butter: “Jif peanut butter also comes from Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky.”