This article just posted - critical thinking required:
In the factory picture these are the questions:
HV power lines and tank farm upper right. State owned energy? Whats the cost per unit vs in US? Did Tesla pay extra to have this infrastructure brought to the facility or did the state provide it.
Building materials. Imported or domestic (ie made in China). By who, a capitalistic group or state owned enterprises. If state owned then any subsidy from the state? Funding via the Bank of China?
Extensive environmental audits to build factory? Is there a drip tray under each piece of mobile equipment to prevent ground contamination when parked.
Cost of labor including overtime, vacation days, health care, retirement plans
It's a "gigafactory", does that mean production may exceed domestic demands therefore will export cars? To where. What if the Chinese state is offering really, really sweet deals and therefore the cost is not 13%cheaper but substantially more.
Does Tesla pay income tax to China. Property tax. Are there environmental audits. Carbon tax. OHSA/OHS audits and compliance.
Actually we don't need to ask any of these things. The cars are 13% cheaper and take that as fact because everyone plays fair.
And if some Chinese Teslas show up in Canada, well that is just free market and putting tariffs on would be the stupidest thing for a country like Canada that manufacturers its own.