We hear a lot of chatter these days about things we do NOT make in Canada. You know, the usual blah blah blah about “why can't we make those things here?” and “why do we have to import tooth picks?” and on and on.
Instead, let's switch the conversation and discuss the goods, big and small, we do create here in the true north strong and free.
Items such as books, peat moss, glass cleaner, pet food, industrial strength drill presses, and bovine dried colostrum.
But, as far as we can tell, no hockey sticks.
We do make potato chips, vodka, paper products, bird food and auto parts.
We also manufacture or refine burlap, cheese, plastic wrap, oil and salt. Trucks and cars are made here, along with aircraft, moccasins and cargo trailers.
Also, if one looks hard enough, one can find flatware, shoes, items of clothing and maybe even hockey pucks.
But, no hockey sticks.
And so it is that the greatest hockey nation on earth can't make its own hockey sticks. It can make vodka and whiskey, and potato chips, but no hockey sticks.
Dang it, why do we have to import those things? It is enough to make the legendary Cyclone Taylor roll over in his grave.
We do make lots of beer here, which is a good thing in and of itself. Maybe if we all drown our sorrows in gallons of amber liquid we will collectively forget that hockey sticks are no longer stamped with “Made in Canada” labels.
Well, at least we can console ourselves with the thought that we still make babies. Lots and lots of babies. And on a daily basis as well. That, too, is a good thing. And, perhaps one of these new borns will grow up to become a home grown hockey stick manufacturer. We can only hope.