Listening to Michael Enright’s show Sunday Morning this a.m., I heard him examine the steady decline of the Canadian jobs market. A key focus is on the failures of corporate Canada — really?

Canadian businesses are simply playing by the rules of free trade which encourages the outsourcing of everthing that isn’t glued to the local Tim Hortons or the tar sands (to cite two prominent examples): that means value-added processing (where the jobs are) of natural resources that are simply ripped and shipped to the U.S. or Asia, virtually all manufacturing, and an awful lot of services — from accounting, and computer programming, to retail (online) sales.

And yet, nary a mention of so-called free trade from Enright — which is really no more than domestic market de-regulation and the principal cause of our present predicament.