I do wish people would be candid. Cheap labour is a huge reason why things are made elsewhere:
When an inventor creates a product and wants to get it made, they often can’t afford the cost of building their own. So, they are forced to subcontract a company that already has a manufacturing facility – which, unless it is for food or alcohol, are frequently abroad.
“It is just easier to go where they make things already,” said Ryder.
Ryder said the other issue is that there is often a dearth of workers with the right skills.
As trade was liberalized and manufacturing moved overseas, workers who have the specialized technical skills to create products have also disappeared and now congregate where the factories exist.
And Canadian companies are faced with the challenge of training workers from scratch, which takes longer and could delay vital initial profits.
Ryder said once a country loses these parts of the supply chain “it is very hard to get it back,” noting that many have pushed for the federal government to bail out embattled aerospace manufacturer Bombardier so that its technical knowledge remains in Canada.
“It is not that we can’t reproduce that, but it is very expensive to reproduce it and a company would have to then work that into their cost of doing business,” he said.
“And so far, it is just easier in a global economy to go elsewhere.”