Canadian Christmas trees are popping up in far-flung corners of the globe, from beleaguered Venezuela to the deserts of the Middle East.
In 2007, a broker flew to British Columbia and gave Arthur Loewen, a farmer in Chilliwack, a wad of cash.
Loewen was a bit skeptical of “Roman” — he never gave a last name — who wanted to buy his product and export it to Azerbaijan, the post-Soviet country wedged between Russia and Iran.
But Roman had flown from Toronto to hand-deliver his payment. And surprisingly, he had the necessary permits — documents Loewen had been told were impossible to get.