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PODCAST: Maclean’s on the Hill, Jan. 24

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John Geddes, Paul Wells and Aaron Wherry

Each week, the Maclean’s politics team and Cormac MacSweeney sit down to hash out the week’s news in Ottawa. Expect incisive analysis and commentary, as well as interviews with the biggest newsmakers of the last seven days. This week we have interviews with House Government Leader Peter Van Loan and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. John speaks with Olivia Chow, John and Aaron comment on the return of Parliament, Michael Petrou and Aaron talk about Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel, and Paul talks to economist Mike Moffatt about the iPod tax.
Cormac MacSweeney, Parliament Hill bureau chief for 1310 News

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PODCAST: Maclean’s on the Hill, Jan. 24

  1. Re: “Ipod Tax”

    This is an interpretation of regs by two different departments. It is, as they say, before the courts. That is what they are there for. Making any definitive conclusions by the peanut gallery based upon internal emails is premature.

    Furthermore, I recall a recent study by the gov’t on whether the tariff relief on sporting goods was passed onto the consumer. Conclusion: nope. And one importer suggested that the actual manufactured cost of a piece of sporting goods equipment is about 10% of the final selling price once you take into account dist’n and mark-ups along the chain.

    A tariff (which may or may not be passed onto the consumer) is not a tax applied at the cash register. This is pretty basic. And disingenuous.

    Do you really think ipods and Apple products are priced higher than competing products because they cost more?

    • Do you have a link to that study – I am curious about that 10% cost figure?

      • It was a radio news interview. Can’t recall if it was local, or CBC World at Six/As it Happens.

      • And this was, btw, before the recent stories of investor Carl Icahn increasing his stake in Apple and insisting that they do something with the $130 billion of net cash on hand. Apple does not flirt with being the largest company in the world (by market cap) by selling its products just above cost. Rather, it is due to selling its products at what the market will bear, resulting in very large margins.

        Given that the company has $130 billion of net cash and $40 billion of
        expected annual earnings, and the fact that it is hard to find a better
        time in history to borrow money, a $50 billion share repurchase over the
        course of fiscal year 2014 seems more than reasonable to us.


      • I found this on CBC site:

        According to Mathew Wilson, a vice-president with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the tariff is only applied when the item enters the country – it doesn’t factor in the costs associated to distribute and sell.

        “I think the reality is if you look at the retail pricing structure, only about 10 to 20 per cent of the actual cost of a good on the shelf of a store is actually the cost of manufacturing the product,” said Wilson.


    • Furthermore, I recall a recent study by the gov’t…

      That’s a great handle you have there Oh, give it up

      Do you work for the PMO or is it just a hope that you have?

      May I suggest you literally follow your namesake and just give it up. Mike Moffat has won this round.

      • You should change your name to Mr Planters.

  2. Little Mike Moffatt,
    Sat on his profit,
    Obsessing about ipods each day.

    Along came Macleans insider,
    Who offered an overwriter,
    And censored his critics away.

  3. Headlines on our PM: Harper is a liar and a loser. The base churlishness shown against Harper exemplifies how the “mainstream media” has become indistinguishable from far left personal blogs in terms of tone, if not content.
    That far left commenters swoon around this place like it is home sweet home, shouting down “non-progressives” like worker bees defending the nest, is certainly unsurprising.