March 7, 2012

Canadian Bacon isn't Pork

While we’d love to chime in about Super Tuesday’s results (a less-than-impressive showing by the frontrunner—again) we’d be remiss if we didn’t focus, instead, on a questionable move by the Cuomo Administration right in our own backyard.
The Buffalo News has reported that the Governor—whose is otherwise doing a decent job, in our view—has taken an axe to New York’s trade mission in Toronto.
Bad idea.                                                                                                                                      
We’re a bit parochial here, given our proximity to the Canucks.  But we also understand the value of drawing Canadian commerce to our region.
It’s so important, in fact, that the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency is making a renewed push for Canadian firms to come here, absent a push by the state.
With four international border crossings between Niagara and Erie counties, and no other bridge into Canada—the U.S.’s top trade partner—until you get to the St. Lawrence River, this seems like a blunder.  As the Buffalo News points out, New York and Canada exchanged more than $35 billion in trade last year.   And of that, $1.25 billion stayed in Buffalo.
Risking that to save $380,000 seems silly.  Surely, the Governor can find $380,000 in real pork to cut somewhere else—and leave the Canadian bacon alone.

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