Holy guacamole! Avocados are expensive

Until Mexico ramps up production, we’ll pay higher prices. And corruption in the Mexican avocado industry could force suppliers to more socially-acceptable sources

Holy guacamole! Avocados are expensiveAvocados have been expensive for a while. And if you expect them to fall in price, you’ll need to wait a while longer. Typically, most Canadians expect to pay $1 per unit. But in the last few months, it’s almost impossible to find them below $2 apiece. And if you do buy an avocado, it…

How Canada can benefit from the U.S.-Mexico dispute

Mexico has almost 130 million people, yet we’ve barely tapped into that market over the years

How Canada can benefit from the U.S.-Mexico disputeIn an unprecedented move last week, and in a single tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed five per cent tariffs on all Mexican imports until the illegal immigration issue gets resolved. As the world now realizes, when the White House is willing to intertwine foreign and trade policies, markets around the world tumble. In fairness…

Power of the Catholic church can tear down walls – even along borders

History shows again and again that the church can mobilize an unstoppable force driven by a desire for love and peace

Power of the Catholic church can tear down walls – even along bordersAs tensions mount in the United States over whether a wall should be built along the Mexican border, little has been written about a force that could well become the determining factor on the issue. Despite its own struggles and coverups, the Catholic church has shown itself to be an insurmountable force when it fully…

Mexico’s Indigenous experience a lesson for Canada

There are no status cards providing one group with superior rights. There are no special financial privileges

Mexico’s Indigenous experience a lesson for CanadaMexico offers a social model that Canada should consider. Oaxaca is one of the best preserved colonial cities in Mexico. It has a bustling centre, rich with busy markets – street vendors and music wherever you go. Oaxaca state has the largest percentage of Indigenous people in Mexico. Zapotec, Mixtec and other peoples mingle in…

It’s USMCA, not CUSMA or T-MEC

The U.S., Canada and Mexico signed the same trade document, but each country is calling it something different

It’s USMCA, not CUSMA or T-MECIt took a couple of years, but the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, was finally signed on Nov. 30. Or was it? Let’s go back a few steps. All three leaders – U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (who was on his last day on the…

Protectionism on the rise as NAFTA talks stall

Against the backdrop of an increasingly fraught political relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, what should Canada do?

Protectionism on the rise as NAFTA talks stallThe contentious (and sometimes very public) North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico likely got more complicated with the recent election of a new president of Mexico. While Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (known as AMLO) says he wants a successful outcome to the NAFTA talks, he’s an outspoken critic of…

Trudeau putting Canada’s economic interests at risk

While Asian nations are interested in our goods and services, not one of them is interested in buying the values that Trudeau keeps proselytizing

Trudeau putting Canada’s economic interests at riskEngaging in international trade is perhaps the greatest of Canadian economic traits. We’ve been traders since the first Europeans arrived. The accounts of the competition between les voyageurs and les coureurs du bois, and between the Hudson Bay Co. and the North West Co., are part of national folklore. Canada has always been a nation of…

Trudeau’s betrayal of Mexico smells of desperation

Trudeau's betrayal makes Canadians look like they will turn on their allies, even after they repeatedly said they never would

Trudeau’s betrayal of Mexico smells of desperationHow desperate is Justin Trudeau to keep a North American trade agreement? Pretty desperate. The Mexicans likely marveled about this once or twice as they welcomed the Canadian prime minister to Mexico City last week – and as they extracted the Canadian-made stainless steel that had slipped between their shoulder blades. "¡Tan encantador! ¡Muy guapo!…

Trump reignites old resentments in Mexico

170 years ago the U.S. first created resentment in Mexico by annexing territory roughly equivalent in size to western Europe

Trump reignites old resentments in MexicoRepublican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has ignited more than his share of controversies on the campaign trail. At least one lights a fire dangerously close to the foundation of a big chunk of the United States. A couple of weeks ago, an eye-catching photo was taken at an anti-Donald Trump demonstration in California. It featured…

The privilege of vacation travel comes with a price

I love Mexico but it is not lost on me that very few Mexicans are able to come to Vancouver for parallel vacation experiences

The privilege of vacation travel comes with a priceIt’s hard not to like Mexico. First of all it’s easy to fly there from here, and the cost of airfares has fallen over the past decade. Once you arrive, visitor clearance is pretty straight forward, especially at the major airports like Mexico City. There are convenient car rentals and hotels nearby, and limousine services…