Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trudeau's Words Will Cost Canadians "A Lot of Money".

Trudeau's Words Will Cost Canadians

Trump said on Twitter he found Trudeau's complaints about the new tariffs to be dishonest, and he explained the tariffs were in response to Canadian tariffs on dairy.

Canada's sheltered dairy sector has drawn the ire of US President Donald Trump for its high tariffs, but US farmers say it is just as galling that exports have spiked from a country largely closed to importing dairy from other nations. "And that comes right from Air Force One". And I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States and I say push him around? We just shook hands.

Ralph Goodale, Canadian public safety minister and former finance minister, applauded President Trump for reaching a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

At his closing G-7 press conference on Saturday, Trudeau called USA steel and aluminium tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs.

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Mr Trump also commented at the news conference on the viral photo taken of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others standing before him. And, if I may quote the words of the great Bear Bryant, "when you make a mistake you should admit it, learn from it, don't repeat it".

Trump followed through on his tweet by pulling US support for a G-7 communique.

The Canadian Prime Minister initially said Trump's claims that Canadian steel posed a national security threat were dishonest. "He stated that not only does he support supply management, he is also committed to our dairy farmers, and a robust dairy sector", said DFC president Pierre Lampron.

President Donald Trump has used the executive authority to impose potentially crippling steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, the European Union and Japan.

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"We're the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", he said.

Navarro's willingness to walk back his outburst marked a departure from the Trump administration's never-say-you're-sorry approach to political crises. But more importantly, he should apologize to the Canadian public.

Those involved with the supply chain will have to decide how to manage the costs of the new tariffs in the Canadian market: how much of the financial hit do they absorb, and how much do they pass onto customers in the form of higher prices? "He'll learn, he can't do that", Mr Trump said. And in fact, despite Canada's tariff, the US runs a surplus in dairy trade with its northern neighbor. The motion acknowledges the close and mutually beneficial relationship between Canada and the United States, but says they "strongly oppose" the "illegitimate tariffs" now imposed by our southern neighbours.

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