Canada Imposes Major New Tariffs on American Goods

Roman Schwartz
July 4, 2018

Speaking in Leamington, Ontario, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked Canadians for standing united against President Donald Trump's sanctions.

"Glad to be here to remind everyone that Canadians stand up for each other".

In the interview, Trump again threatened to impose tariffs on imported vehicles, saying, "The cars are the big ones".

"Canada's workers build the roads and bridges that get us to work on time and back home again".

USA tariffs on auto imports would be a major blow to Canada's economy because of the importance of the auto industry plays in the country.

Trudeau has insisted the USA president's complaints about Canada's trade barriers are the result of his refusal to give in to Trump's demands to do away with the country's supply-managed system that protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers.

Donald Trump also congratulated Lopez Obrador on his electoral win, however, the USA president also said in an interview this weekend he intends to hold off on signing a new NAFTA deal until after America's fall midterm elections.

He said tariffs on the auto industry would increase the cost of a USA -built vehicle for an American buyer by as much as $3,000.

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Trudeau also expressed his condolences for the victims of the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, the Canadian statement said.

Some have already launched retaliatory measures and filed legal challenges with the World Trade Organization.

"The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch on a way forward", it added. USA yogurt will now be hit with a 10 percent duty. "It is fair and measured response", said Goodale.

The phone call between the two leaders was the first to be publicly disclosed since Trump blasted Trudeau as "very dishonest and weak" at the end of the Group of Seven leaders meeting in Canada earlier this month.

"We have to sit down and look at what each country's national interests are and be very clear that we can not be allies if we are not friends".

On Monday, a day after Canada's counter-tariffs came into effect, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said escalating the tariffs "does nothing to help Canada and only hurts American workers". "Everybody said, 'Uh, can we get on to another subject?"'

Trudeau later spoke with Lopez Obrador on Monday, wherein they discussed their mutual trade interests and their "shared priority of updating the North American Free Trade Agreement for the betterment of their peoples", said a readout of the conversation issued Monday.

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