It's the retail trick. Anything sold by weight is listed by the pound because a kilo is about 2.1 pounds so it looks cheaper if it's sold at the by-the-pound price. Conversely, anything sold by volume is listed by the liter, such as gasoline, because there are about 4.5 liters in a gallon, so it looks cheaper if sold at the by-the-liter price.
As a result, Canadians are tricked into thinking their prime rib isn't grossly overpriced when on sale at $7 a pound instead of $15 a kilo and our gasoline doesn't cause riots when it's priced at $1.40 a liter instead of $6 a gallon.
But manufacturers in Canada and those in the US who ship to Canada would likely reduce costs and thus prices in Canada if they only had to list products in metric weight and volume and not imperial measures too. But then, they'd still have to print French and English on the products so it's a wash.
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i use the metric system every day at my job, and it works well for science. i just don't see switching everything else to it as a priority. eventually, maybe, but our system of weights and measures works fine. the industries that would benefit most from the metric system are probably already using it. if my car's speedometer says MPH, formally switching it to KPH won't really help anything.
Canada jumped gung-ho on the metric bandwagon 40 years ago. USA looked your way and said "meh."
To this day, both Canada and the UK use both metric and imperial, practically speaking. We export to Canada using imperial, not metric, for example. And I've never had a discussion with a Canadian and talked anything but farenheit and inches, unlike with the Europeans, who don't know or understand those measurements.
But, we do sell our soda in liters. So there's always that.