As a person with a trade background, I read with interest an article in your paper on the Canada-EU Trade Agreement negotiations by Mr. Les Dean, and conclude that he is very much out of touch with the realities of international trade, in advocating minimum processing requirements as a means to maximize employment in the fishing industry.
My friends from Newfoundland tell me that very few want to work in this employment-insurance dependent industry.
Mr. Dean, however, makes an argument to protect jobs that no longer exist. Wow. He seems to not understand the importance of zero-based tariffs to the largest market in the world. Obviously, there is a price to be paid for such an important achievement. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is to be commended for this trade initiative while your premier’s grandstanding is not the way serious politians go about resolving their differences. Her rcent poll results demonstrate that this is a lady with more bark than bite.
I was surprised that Mr. Dean would commend agricultural policies such as marketing boards, and productions quotas.
As a Quebecer, I can tell you that such measures create inefficiencies with the result that egg and milk prices are more than double what they need to be and what they actually are in the free market economy.
This support of government intervention is contradictory to his position that “citizens of this province … derive maximum economic benefits from their natural resources.”
He could have said that citizens should be prepared to accept inefficiencies and pay higher prices.
Finally, he goes on at great length to state that Newfoundland does not and should not export raw materials, when in fact the great majority of Newfoundland exports are raw materials, especially crude oil and raw ore.
He seems to be the type of fellow who would insist on selling the Russians loaves of bread rather than wheat.