Canada’s Prime Minister Speaks With First Ministers On Canada-United States Trade Issues

A News Release from the Office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Posted June 5th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Canadian Prime Miinister Justin Trudeau

Ottawa, Ontario – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke yesterday (June 4th)with provincial and territorial premiers to discuss Canada-United States (U.S.) trade issues, in particular concerning the unacceptable decision of the U.S. to apply tariffs to Canadian steel and aluminum. 

The Prime Minister expressed his disappointment with the decision by the U.S. Administration to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. The Prime Minister noted that, given our shared history, it is inconceivable that Canadian steel or aluminum might be a security threat to the U.S.  He stressed that these tariffs will hurt workers and industry on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

The Prime Minister thanked Canadian premiers for their hard work and continued support in advocating against the unwarranted tariffs.

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of the steel and aluminum sector to the Canadian economy, and First Ministers agreed to continue to vigorously defend and protect Canadian workers, industry, and interests. The Prime Minister outlined Canada’s plans for reciprocal retaliatory measures.

With respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Prime Minister noted that the federal government is working to conclude negotiations on an agreement that is in the best interests of Canadians.

A Brief Afterword from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

In the wake of Trump’s attack on Canada with stiff tariffs he claims are necessary to address the “national security threat” that, in his mad mind, Canada is, The Globe and Mail, a national newspaper in Canada that has always had a reputation for setting a conservative and diplomatic tone in its editorial comments, lashed back this past Saturday, J8une 2nd with the toughest editorial I have ever read in this paper on a U.S. president.

Here is how it started, followed by a link to read the whole piece –

Globe editorial: Answering the bully in the White House

Published June 1, 2018 Updated June 1, 2018

‘This time it’s personal.

Donald Trump’s erratic and irresponsible decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum products, as well as on those made in Mexico and the European Union, is an attack so hurtful as to be incomprehensible.

As a country, we have always assumed that our relationship with the United States was based on more than a collection of overlapping interests, and that an American president would not abandon common sense in his dealings with us, or deliberately hurt us. Disagreements, yes. But no shots fired.

We thought, too, that a shared history and geography could protect us from darker American instincts. And we believed that the alliances built up with the U.S. and Europe since 1945 – alliances that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians and Americans, and millions of others – would be treated with the respect they deserve. It wasn’t an unreasonable assumption to make. After all, the stability and prosperity of all the nations involved depended on it.

And now Mr. Trump is throwing bombs from the White House, indifferent to anything other than his mindless and empty “America First” sloganeering and whatever else happens to be irking him when he opens his Twitter app.

He is an embarrassment, a bully and a danger. He is immune to reason or fact. As incomprehensible as his tariffs are, they cannot be said to have been unexpected – because nothing someone like him does ought to be considered outside the limits of the possible.’

To read the entire Globe editorial, click on

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One response to “Canada’s Prime Minister Speaks With First Ministers On Canada-United States Trade Issues

  1. Linda McKellar

    In 1961 JFK addressed the Canadian Parliament with these words…..

    “Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.”

    A little bit of hyperbole perhaps but he apparently failed to foresee the Presidency (such as it is) of the orange ogre. “President” and “Trump” don’t even belong in the same sentence.

    Now even the Conservative element in Canadian society has suddenly realized that their financial bottom line will be affected by this carnival barker/snake oil salesman. Can’t have that! Thus far he has been their “golden boy”.

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