Ah, the curse of the double edged sword....
For those of you that know anything about clothing, you would know that material costs a fortune....SOOOO if you are a Canadian clothing co., manufacturing in Canada, being "TRUE" to Canada your clothes WILL COST A FORTUNE. If you manufacture overseas (eg. Asia), your manufacturing/labour/material costs will be significantly lower and therefore you can charge a lower price for your line.
BUT, everyone here in Canada just ASSUMES that anything produced overseas (eg. Asia) automatically means sweatshop. I will admit that I used to be one of these individuals...having read all the books, seen the reports, etc. Yes, some companies (eg. NIke, Gap) do exploit labour in these areas, but that does not mean it exists everywhere in these parts. How do I know this? I've seen it with my own eyes. Many families, people, etc in Asia thrive off of this business and are treated extremely well. Yes labour/mfg. costs are significantly less, but what else would you expect from a 2nd/3rd World Country. The cost of living is also much less, so it all works out net, net.
Anyhow, my point is, if you want Canadian made clothes, don't bitch about the price, b/c it's going to be expensive. If you want something at a cheaper price, make it overseas, and don't just ASSUME the company exploits there labour. Do your homework first.