Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Trudeau visits Regina steel workers on Canada Day

Trudeau visits Regina steel workers on Canada Day

The list of more than 250 U.S. goods subject to Canadian duties - including Florida juice, Wisconsin toilet paper and North Carolina gherkins, which are labor intensive to produce - aim to pressure Trump supporters key states in November's USA midterm elections.

Until Lopez Obrador is sworn in, members of the current Mexican administration will continue to serve as the country's lead NAFTA negotiators, the official said.

Canada and Mexico are grappling with U.S. tariffs while also attempting to renegotiate NAFTA, a major free trade agreement with the U.S. In a variety of published reports, Trump said Sunday he plans to wait until after the mid-term elections to move forward with a new NAFTA deal.

Canada and Mexico initially were exempted from the United States metals tariffs - as was the European Union - but Trump allowed the duties to take effect June 1 after talks stalled to revamp the 1994 trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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The $16.6-billion in levies on American goods are in retaliation to United States tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and are on a number of every-day items you might pick up at the grocery store. "And escalating tariffs against the United States does nothing to help Canada".

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was in Hamilton on Friday, re-affirming the governments promise to take action against the US.

Trump himself has already threatened to go even further by putting tariffs on the auto sector, which could prove far more damaging for the Canadian economy than the steel and aluminum duties.

After Heinz shut down a factory in Ontario in 2014, French's - known in the US for its mustard - became an alternative ketchup-maker in Canada. When asked about this today, Sanders answered that "We've been very nice to Canada for many years, and they've taken advantage of that".

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In the Fox News interview, Trump said he proposed to his G7 partners at last month's summit in Quebec that they remove all trade-related barriers and taxes. "That's the message we're celebrating on Canada Day", he said.

Meantime, revellers on Parliament Hill who braved scorching temperatures to take in the festivities in Ottawa also expressed support for Trudeau's hard line against Trump on trade.

"I think we'll get through this".

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau late on Friday to discuss trade and other economic issues, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Saturday.

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