Everybody Wins

Dave Killion — July 19, 2012

Here’s a letter to the Times Colonist –

Your article concerning the outcome of a dispute between the U.S. and Canada (Canada wins in B.C. lumber case, July 19) correctly depicts the resolution as a victory for Canada and for “workers in B.C.’s lumber industry.” What readers might not gather, however, is that aside from a few U.S. politicians and the special interests that support them, the decision is also a victory for America, for American consumers, and for American workers whose occupations benefit from lower-priced Canadian lumber.

It’s true that some of the least competitive U.S. lumber producers will lose business, and some will even have to close down and lay off their employees. But in Canada, every resource that goes into producing lumber is a resource that can’t be used to grow cotton or watermelon, build wooden boats or furniture, or cater to Canadian tourists traveling abroad. Likely, Canada will turn to the U.S. for help in acquiring these goods and services, and the market will quickly find mutually profitable use for all the resources recently freed from U.S. lumber production. This is the nature of trade; that the elimination of any barrier is not a zero-sum game, but rather, a win-win proposition.

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