Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will work with Canadian steel and aluminium companies hit by punishing USA tariffs to make sure jobs and workers north of the border are protected.
The White House announced last week that Canada, Mexico and the European Union nations would face a stiff 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum.
His administration is also renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may not follow Trump on Twitter but he knew exactly what the president was talking about, strongly opposing these and other tariffs the president has advanced.
Trudeau said Sunday in a US television interview the USA was seeking two main things in Nafta negotiations, which are essentially on the back-burner after the US hit Canada and Mexico with steel and aluminum tariffs last week. Lampron criticized previous trade deals that opened the Canadian market.
Trump has long railed against NAFTA, condemning it as a job-killing "disaster" that has decimated USA manufacturing.
The tariffs prompted retaliatory measures from Canada and others and threaten to drive a wedge into the G7, fracturing the long-standing multilateral relationship into something observers describe as a "G6 plus one", with the U.S.as the outlier.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later met steel executives and said: "We are going to stand up for our workers". He said he wanted to ensure that the Canadian and United States aluminium sectors work together to become an efficient North American unit that can "successfully compete with China and anyone else in the rest of the world".
He also confirmed that his country will impose duties on the United States. "But we're also putting a number of tariffs on consumer goods, finished products for which Canadians have easy alternatives". He defended his administration in a series of tweets Monday, invoking an argument he has often used to explain his thoughts on the issue: that the United States is already losing a trade war.
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Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 3: United States President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed that the U.S. was being taken advantage of by other countries on trade for the past many years.
Trump and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who hails from dairy-producing Wisconsin, are up in arms about Canada's system.
Trump campaigned on a pledge to rewrite trade agreements and crack down on China, Mexico and other countries.
Trump, Trudeau and several other world leaders are scheduled to meet next week in Canada at a Group of Seven meeting, the daily said.
"The Liberal government is the government that put supply management in place and it is the Liberal government that will protect supply management".
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Officials at the G7 meeting said the tariffs made it more hard for the group to work together to confront China's trade practices, especially when Beijing, like most G7 members, supports the current World Trade Organisation-based trade rules and the USA is seeking to go around them. Highly restrictive on Trade!
That condition "makes no sense", the Canadian leader said Sunday.