Stephen Harper

Even I have to admit when Harper does something right

And by “right”, I mean “correct”:

PM announces stricter definitions for ‘made in Canada’ labels

Harper said that’s because under current Canadian law, if 51 per cent of the production costs were incurred in Canada and the last substantial transformation of the product occurred in Canada, it is legal to use those labels.

“Under our new rules, if something in the grocery store is marked product of Canada, it must mean all or virtually all the contents are Canadian,” Harper said.

The made-in-Canada label will mean the product was manufactured or processed in Canada. While such a product can include non-Canadian contents, the label must make it clear by specifying it was made in Canada with imported ingredients, Harper said.

Kudos to Harper for doing something correct. In principle, I like this idea, and I wonder why nobody else has addressed the problem in the past 140 years. 🙂

Although it may have something to do with this amazing Marketplace piece, first aired last October and rebroadcast this week:

Product of Canada, eh?

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