Ottawa’s quixotic jolt to our electric-battery industry is riskier than it’s letting on

Could it be that decisions on where to locate complex manufacturing processes are based on more than just “where the stuff is in the ground”?

It turns out you can ship the stuff from one place to another. So you can make batteries in places that have no large mineral deposits, such as Japan or South Korea, if it makes sense on other grounds.

Should Canadian firms get into the same business? Should Canadian producers of nickel and copper, which now ship most of their output abroad, divert these shipments to Canadian battery manufacturers? Should the makers of products that use these batteries, such as electric vehicles, also locate their factories in Canada?

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