aving come through a totally pointless, $300 000 000 tax payer paid election, here in Canada, my thoughts turn south. With Obama leading in the polls down, I have been noticing more anti-Obama comments, here in conservative rural Alberta. While some have been the typical racist crap like "He's too black for me", but most seem to be related to the economical change that will come with a Democrat in power. This, I feel, is a legitimate concern.
Cattle is a major part of people's income around here, and American protectionism a prime concern. Farmers/ranchers believe that the election of Obama will mean the closing of the boarder to Canadian beef. Farming is already a very costly livelihood as fuel is expensive, and essential,and equipment must be constantly be repaired and up dated. Many farmers/ranchers have to work other jobs, primarily in the oil patch, just to keep up with the bank payments, as very few have any mineral rights on their land. Conservative belief in, and deregulation for, the unrestrained capitalism has destroyed the American economy, and Canada has only been spared through the restrictions of regulations, thanks to the Conservative/Reactionary's inability to obtain more than a minority government, and thus deregulate. If the Conservatives had a majority in Parliament, we would be just as screwed.
As much as I wish we had an Obama to vote for here in Canada, I can not see how we Canadians won't get screwed. It's not like Obama would have a choice. He's American. He has to put American interests first. Canada is a very rich country, and our workers (like me) have fairly good wages and medical benefits, but that makes our products expensive. This means that American companies will look south, and east, before they look north.
What are your opinions on this from your prospective?