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Time to start Canadian manufacturing!

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Time to start Canadian manufacturing!

I just want to take this opportunity to say, we should let our political leadership to know we want to start Canadian manufacturing again!

No more outsourcing to developing countries to save a few pennies so that the CEO can buy his 3rd house for this mistress!

Keep the jobs home and keep the people working! I'm a strong believer of this and even more so now!

We dont want to rely solely (majority?) on import/export to keep the economy running!
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Sure.

Federal deficit could reach $184.2-billion this year based on coronavirus measures, PBO says

Just tell me where you plan to get the money to start building all these factories and buying the equipment?
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Wow another Trumpster here.It not that easy saying "lets make everything in Canada".Consumers aren't going to pay 3x more for everyday items.Corporations planning dictates pleasing their share holders so profits matters.Not everything made oversea is garbage.Yes make sure companies in Canada are able to make emergency items when needed.Yes certain medicines should be made in more stable countries.Other than that price is the motivation factor for consumers.No way Canada or the US can compete with asia on those terms.
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eldiablo wrote: Sure.

Federal deficit could reach $184.2-billion this year based on coronavirus measures, PBO says

Just tell me where you plan to get the money to start building all these factories and buying the equipment?
The government doesn't have to spend a penny. Just enact laws to keep industry within Canada. People scoff at that idea every time it's brought up, but there's always plenty of similar laws in every country. Look at our airline and telecom industries. They are not wide open to the rest of the world.

If companies want to operate here, they should be forced to keep jobs here and not overseas. Otherwise other companies willing to do just that will invest here. Cost of living has gone through the roof despite major outsourcing, so perhaps this myth that outsourcing saves us money is just that, a myth.

But creating a thread on RFD won't accomplish anything. If anyone truly cares, they'll write and/or call their MP and MPP. Encourage others to do the same. I'm guessing most won't bother though, that would be too much work. Also support small businesses that are completely local instead of large corporations.
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Making surgical masks is similar to making sanitary napkins. You got rolls of material that flies down a conveyor and the machine cuts, layers, and folds them. Just need an operator to attach the bands.
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Kiraly wrote: Consumers might be willing to pay 3x more for quality products that last, instead of dollar store junk that breaks as soon as you bring it home.
Why are people shopping at the dollar store?
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People (myself included) aren't going to be willing to pay dramatically more for basic goods that can be manufactured abroad for a much lower cost.

Let the developing world continue to provide this service. We should be creating higher-level service sector jobs instead of moving the country backwards 50 years.
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cristianosham wrote: Making surgical masks is similar to making sanitary napkins. You got rolls of material that flies down a conveyor and the machine cuts, layers, and folds them. Just need an operator to attach the bands.
An operator isn't needed to attach the earloops. That part is fully automated.

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The only way manufacturing is coming back to Canada is with mostly automation. Assembly line workers are becoming redundant and too expensive.

Our heavy industry will continue to leave simply because it's easier to pay lower wages and very few benefits and the shareholders demand profits over all else.

Any hope that the well paid manual labour jobs returning is simply wishful thinking and no government can do anything about it.
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king_george wrote: The only way manufacturing is coming back to Canada is with mostly automation. Assembly line workers are becoming redundant and too expensive.

Our heavy industry will continue to leave simply because it's easier to pay lower wages and very few benefits and the shareholders demand profits over all else.

Any hope that the well paid manual labour jobs returning is simply wishful thinking and no government can do anything about it.
This is true. As much I would like to have a manufacturing base in Canada to build and maintain a middle class, the boat has sailed. Automation is driving manufacturing forward. Even in Asia, usage is high and increasing:

https://internetofbusiness.com/industri ... al-report/

Here is Canada we are already big users of automation:
https://www.therobotreport.com/10-autom ... the-world/

Reality is everything is about managing costs regardless of where in the world. This is especially true for higher value items or those that require high capital investment.
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king_george wrote: The only way manufacturing is coming back to Canada is with mostly automation. Assembly line workers are becoming redundant and too expensive.

Our heavy industry will continue to leave simply because it's easier to pay lower wages and very few benefits and the shareholders demand profits over all else.

Any hope that the well paid manual labour jobs returning is simply wishful thinking and no government can do anything about it.
Ditto!
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king_george wrote: The only way manufacturing is coming back to Canada is with mostly automation. Assembly line workers are becoming redundant and too expensive.

Our heavy industry will continue to leave simply because it's easier to pay lower wages and very few benefits and the shareholders demand profits over all else.

Any hope that the well paid manual labour jobs returning is simply wishful thinking and no government can do anything about it.
Then bring back manufacturing with automation, at least we will have production locally.

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