Industry update | 17
MARC-ANDRÉ AUBÉ is the new president
and COO of Walter Surface Technologies.
A trained engineer with a MBA and a
CFA, Aubé’s previous position was president
and COO of Garda World Protective
Services. He has extensive experience in
budgetary and operational management of
large scale companies.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I read your online article “Revisiting Free Trade” and while most of
what you said I agree with, I think the word trade is the problem in free
trade. When I was a kid in school I would trade my lunch with my best
friend, he was tired of the same old peanut butter sandwich, and I was
tired of my ham and cheese sandwich. Trading was the solution, and
the perceived value was equal, a sandwich for a sandwich. Trade in the
business world isn’t just that, as you say, value is increased by innovation,
or better delivery of a product.
Many times trade is only there because of inequality: inequality of wage,
inequality of working conditions, and inequality of overhead because of the
entire country’s living climate. I think this is what President Trump is trying
to address with wanting to renegotiate or rip up the NAFTA agreement.
Probably in the future the need to address trade with China will be a
concern for President Trump, he has already cancelled the TPPA.
I agree when Canada and the US trade on a manufacturing level,
the playing field is fairly even. The US exchange does impact that
reality, but still, all of the other factors, wages working conditions, and
climate, are fairly equal. Innovation can tip the scale, as can speed of
delivery, increased quality, after sale service, all items that business calls
competitive advantages. Stir Mexico into the mix with drastically lower
wages and an overall climate that is based on a lower income, and trade
turns into exploitation on both sides.
What Trump fails to acknowledge, in bringing those jobs home, so to
speak, may just drive the end consumer prices up tremendously, and may
not afford Americans the “middle class” jobs he promises. It remains to
be seen if Trump, the great negotiator, can get an agreement where the
middle class jobs are brought home, while leaving the below minimum wage
jobs where they are in Mexico, at the same time convincing Americans and
Mexicans that building a wall is good for both countries.
Get me ringside tickets and strap me in, we’re in for one hell of a ride.
David Simon, Euro-Drive Clutches, Burlington, ON
This is in reply to your recent
editorial about “Revisiting Free
Although in principal I agree with
most of what you say, sometimes the
devil is in the details. Many times
when someone is looking out for
the best interests of their country
they are seen as “protectionists”
and opposed to free trade, which
conflicts with the enlightened ones
who believe in open borders and
unrestricted free trade. But many
times the truth lies somewhere in
between. I believe in “Fair Trade”
not “Free Trade” and it seems
most of the world would agree.
China, Mexico, South Korea, Japan,
Germany all have very high, even
ridiculously high tariffs on imports.
Even Canada will not let a worker in
from the US unless sponsored by a
Canadian company who can prove
they cannot get a Canadian to do it
and even then only temporary.
Donald Trump never said he
wants to close our borders to trade,
only to make it more fair.
You should not confuse Free
Trade with Fair Trade
Ben Baggerly, WFL-USA
JEFF NESBIT T is the new Canadian sales
manager for Vero Software. He will support
sales of Vero software throughout Canada.
Based in Windsor, ON, he will be responsible
for managing Canadian distributors and direct
sales of Vero product lines. He has eight years
of shop floor experience and 14 years working
with a CAD/CAM supplier.