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December 5, 2012

Editorial: Nurture trade with Canada

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Numbers on Canadian trade are a good deal more comforting: In 1985, we exported $47 billion to Canada and imported $69 billion; last year, the respective numbers were $251 billion and $315 billion.

And, remember, with Canada there are no suspicions of “cheating,” such as by artificially manipulating its currency to take advantage of its trading partners. We are cordial neighbors with a symbiotic relationship. We will always be close emotionally as well as geographically.

We agree with Dr. Hawes: This relationship is the best and most reliable either one has. It must be nurtured and cultivated.

We may be dealing with China with a wary eye, but Canada will always be a valuable partner and a best friend and neighbor.

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