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Briefing highlights

  • Lyrics for the War of 1812
  • Stocks tumble across the board
  • Markets at a glance
  • Tories sweep to Ontario victory
  • Airbus seals Bombardier C Series deal

Blame Canada

Trade was actually one of the issues at the root of the War of 1812, so President Donald Trump was at least somewhat on script in his tariff chat with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But, as The Globe and Mail’s Adrian Morrow reports, how do you deal with a guy who says we burned down the White House two centuries ago, when you’re trying to have a serious talk about what could be ruinous tariffs?

Why, you rewrite the lyrics to Blame Canada, of course. That, he might understand.

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Given his fisticuffs with his northern neighbours, he even probably has the Blu-ray version of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, from which the Parker & Shaiman ditty came.

Should we blame the government?

Or blame society?

Or should we blame the images on TV?

No! Blame Canada, blame Canada

We sacked York, but they got Detroit!

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And GM and Ford, and now they enjoy it


Blame Canada, blame Canada

Dolley Madison rescued some stuff. That was dandy

But they turned Ms. Secord from hero to ... candy


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Blame Canada, blame Canada

They trashed the Capitol as they shouted ‘Rule, Brittania!’

And by early next year, they’ll be all smoking ganja


Blame Canada, blame Canada

We’d never submit to any new ruler

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Now they’re probably feeding some tidbits to Mueller


Blame Canada, blame Canada

We’ve got the land of the free

But they’ve got the Freeland


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Blame Canada, blame Canada

As our generals were being saluted

They’re the reason Lake Erie’s polluted


Blame Canada, blame Canada

Napoleon thought he’d diverted their troops

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But at another Waterloo, came BlackBerry. (Oops)


Blame Canada, blame Canada

They say the Brits were the cause of the occasion

I’d always thought this was the British Invasion ...

British Invasion: Gold

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Markets at a glance

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Tories sweep Ontario

With the majority win by the Conservatives across Ontario, here’s a look at our business and economics coverage.

“While the PC election platform offered a broad glimpse into what the new government will likely prioritize in the coming years, details on the implementation, cost, and funding of several campaign promises remain unknown,” said Royce Mendes and Katherine Judge of CIBC World Markets.

“There’s no statutory timeline for the new government to table a budget or fiscal update, but there were some tangible promises made during the campaign.”

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