Ministers Chrystia Freeland and Mary Ng to release list of measures to counter U.S. tariffs
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will unveil retaliatory measures to counter “unjust” American aluminum tariffs today.
In a statement before the second day of a cabinet retreat in Ottawa, Trudeau said the government is acting to protect Canada’s aluminum industry.
“I want to highlight that we will be taking action to counter the unjust tariffs put on Canadian aluminum by the United States,” he said.
“As I’ve said many times, we will always be there to defend Canadian workers. We will defend our aluminum sector.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Minister Mary Ng will release details of the plan at 3 p.m. ET during a news conference in Ottawa. 24newsreads.com will carry it live.
The government had said during the summer that unless the U.S. dropped its latest round of aluminum tariffs, Canada would impose $3.6 billion in counter-measures.
Canada is responding to a 10 per cent tariff announced by President Donald Trump in August, a move that hit more than half of Canada’s aluminum exports to the U.S.
Trump announced that he would impose the tariffs during a campaign speech at a Whirlpool factory in Ohio, citing national security concerns.
At the time, Freeland responded quickly with a statement that Canada “intends to swiftly impose dollar-for-dollar countermeasures” in response.
“Canadian aluminum does not undermine U.S. national security. Canadian aluminum strengthens U.S. national security, and has done so for decades through unparalleled co-operation between our two countries,” she said in August.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford also publicly lashed out at Trump’s “unacceptable” decision, saying it could compromise the historically strong trade relationship between the two countries.
He urged Ontario residents to “hit ’em where it hurts,” noting that the province’s consumer base is an economic powerhouse.
Freeland and Ng will unveil the list of U.S. targets selected from a preliminary list published in August of more than five dozen potentials.
The government has said it will limit the counter-tariffs to aluminum products, to respect a 2019 agreement with the U.S.
The preliminary list included a number of products from U.S. swing states that will determine Trump’s fate in the Nov. 3 presidential election.