“Nobody wins in trade wars,” said Prime Minister Justice Trudeau.
That’s true. Yet the United States administration couldn’t care less. They just put into immediate effect a 25 per cent tariff on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum. Meanwhile, Canada is waiting until July 1st before it will retaliate and establish a tariff on steel and aluminum coming into Canada from the U.S.
Trudeau says he wants to respect the government's 30-day consultation period on its proposed $16.6-billion tariff package, retaliation for the Trump administration's decision.
With a population of less than 37 million, Canada buys more from the U.S. than Japan, Germany and Korea combined. And yet, Canada is being targeted by a ridiculous policy based on "national security".
Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen was correct when she stated, “there were no plans built into the Liberal budget to deal with an unpredictable U.S. administration. The Liberals thought there would be no impact on Canadian workers because of this unpredictability, and so they didn’t prepare for it.”
Indeed, how COULD any Canadian government prepare for an administration that seems to have lost touch with reality? U.S policy decisions are based on misinformation and an abject abandonment of economic and environmental considerations.
During question period, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer urged Trudeau to accelerate the response, but the Prime Minister says he wants to follow through on the consultations while trying to persuade the U.S. to drop the tariffs.
If you please, Prime Minister Trudeau, I suggest you remember two things:
Your stance towards the U.S. president will need to be based on strength. That is the only thing Trump ever responds to. We will not prosper if we maintain our usual politely apologetic Canadian demeanour. We need to establish a response that is the same your handshake was with the president: firm and unmovable.
You can never rely on Trump to do the right thing. He is a fragile egoist and completely out of touch with reality. Trudeau, you once expressed the opinion that Trump was a “man of his word.” It’s time to come to grips with the reality that Trump is a habitual liar who will go down as the most constitutionally, economically and environmentally erosive president in U.S. history.
Trudeau, if you really want to be seen as a defender of our national interests, it’s time to show us that you ARE that defender. You need to go into action right now!