[lg policy] Price disparity between Canada and US

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 13 15:22:28 UTC 2012


Forwarded from: Emily McEwan-Fujita <emilymcfujita at gmail.com>


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/06/12/ottawa-car-price-disparity-border-shopping.html

Senator says price gap not justified

Senator Pierrette Ringuette said she invited representatives from the Big
Three automakers in the U.S. to appear before the Senate finance committee
to explain the price disparities, but they declined.

"How do you justify a car made in Canada being sold for 20 to 25 per cent
more in Canada than in the U.S.?" she said.
[image: The Ford Flex, made in Oakville, Ont., is one of the few higher-end
vehicles to retail for less than it does in the United States.]*The Ford
Flex, made in Oakville, Ont., is one of the few higher-end vehicles to
retail for less than it does in the United States.* *(Sam VarnHagen/Ford
Motor Co./Associated Press)*

At least one manufacturer, Honda Canada, said Canada's price was determined
by a number of factors, including exchange rates, market conditions,
Canadian-specific content and the cost of doing business in two official
languages.

But Ringuette said the cost of translation is a red herring and that
Transport Canada officials had told the committee it amounted to about $200.

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