jperfit saidIf this is true then Good,if it's such a big problem then don't enter the u.s.
If you like it, then good...no need to be a big asshole about it!
Actually, I think US businesses will have a real problem with this. After all, while the dollar amount isn't great, it's a fact that far more Canadians VISIT and SHOP in the US than we see Americans coming here for that same purpose.
It won't deter all of them...but it will deter some of them.
Likewise, for a vacationer who has a choice between Florida or Cuba/Mexico/Bahamas/Dominican Rep/Jamaica, etc...it may well tilt their trips in favour of those other destinations! And Canadians who were considering buying property in the US because they thought about living part time in the US may well interpret this as an act that is a bit more hostile...and may rethink making so significant an investment in the US: after all, if this is what you do to us now, whose to say what else you're going to do to solve your budget woes without facing them yourselves?
I doubt Canada would retaliate because Canadians businesses would love this: it would likely encourage some to shop at home instead of cross-border shopping! Indeed, the Canadian retail and hospitality industry is likely rooting for these changes!