Eric, have you noticed the problems we are having getting things like Pandora or the sub-par version of Netflix available here--getting anything like that is very, very difficult because of Canadian regulations. Amazon had a huge struggle getting permission to build a warehouse here, and was only granted permission in the spring of 2010.
From The Toronto Star
Ottawa approved Amazon.com's plan for a “fulfilment centre” warehouse on Monday after reviewing the proposal under the Investment Canada Act, which protects the bookselling business from foreign ownership because it is part of a cultural industry.
As part of the deal, Amazon will invest more than $20 million, including $1.5 million for cultural events and awards and for promoting Canadian-authored books abroad.
Amazon's commitment also includes adding Canadian jobs, improving service for Canadian consumers, and increasing the visibility of Canadian and French-language products on its Canadian website, Amazon.ca.