Chamber boss says shop at home and improve our economy
The CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce says Niagara is now feeling the ripple effect of an increase in cross-border shopping and new duty-free rules.
Walter Sendzik tells 610 CKTB News he is not surprised by Stats Canada numbers that show overnight cross-border trips jumped over 7 per cent in June to the highest level since 1972.
Sendzik says the Chamber's goal this fall is to tell the "Niagara Story" which will explain to people how spending locally helps improve the local economy.
He says shopping on this side of the border means more jobs for Niagara residents.
Sendzik says he's still reeling about comments made by New York State Governor Cuomo.
Sendzik says Cuomo was bragging about how cross-border shopping has injected 400 million dollars into it's economy.
He wonders what 400 million dollars spent here in Niagara would help local retailers and their families.
CKTB listeners are weighing in.
Many say they are tempted by the deals across the border, and although they are proud Canadians they need to make ends meet.
One caller, Jim says many cross-borders shoppers are the same people who complain that their kids can't get jobs locally.
Jim says it's time to look at the big picture and take care of ourselves, our families and our neighbours.