Canada Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs on US Goods

Canada Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs on US Goods

"We will not escalate and we will not back down", she said, adding that this trade action was the strongest Ottawa has taken since World War II.

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.

Trump has repeatedly suggested Canada was profiting from USA trade, and his blistering comments after the G7 meeting drove bilateral relations to their lowest point in decades. He says Canada's economy is much smaller than the US, and it relies heavily on trade with its southern neighbor.

Trudeau's counter-tariffs take effect today - a month after the Trump administration slapped duties on USA steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other allies.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is "not happy" with the revised NAFTA deal that his administration has been hammering out with Canada and Mexico and that he doesn't want to sign any new agreement until after the midterm elections in November. And on this holiday, Canadian tariffs on almost $13 billion of USA goods took effect.

The retaliation came as General Motors Co (GM) warned that any tariffs Washington might impose on imported vehicles could cost United States jobs, and as Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin denied a report that President Donald Trump wanted to withdraw from the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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"WDMA was critical of the imposition of US tariffs on steel and aluminum, and this new action by Canada further escalates trade tensions between the two nations", said WDMA CEO Michael O'Brien. That's about 86 percent of all U.S. global aluminum door and window exports, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA).

Angela Egan said she feels Trump is trying to "bully" Canada into submission. "We can't allow those types of comments to throw us off our priorities", Singh said. "At the same time, there's a lot of anxiety and I think that anxiety is growing over time".

The Canadian government says the countermeasures will remain in place until the U.S. eliminates its trade-restrictive measures against Canadian steel and aluminium products.

Canada's retaliatory tariffs, effective today, largely target USA steel and aluminum products, along with foodstuffs such as coffee, ketchup and whisky, according to a list released by Canada's Finance department.

Sounding a little hoarse, but still energetic, after his cross-country day of speech making, the prime minister said it was great to be back in the Yukon. But he said Canadians were up for the challenge.

-With files from Alanna Rizza in Leamington, Ont., Sam Maciag in Regina, Dan Davidson in Dawson City, and The Associated Press.

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