When the Trump Republican administration smacked Canada hard on the rear with yet another tariff on Canadian softwood lumber …. even though we have won EVERY International Trade Tribunal decision over such tariffs in the past 20 years … Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government turned the other cheek: NO retaliation, just fight the Americans AGAIN in Court.
Then the Trump Republican administration supported an attack on our aviation industry by Boeing Corporation and imposed HUGE tariffs on Bombardier aircraft … Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government turned our other cheek: NO retaliation …just fight the Americans in Court.
We won … but a new attack against Canada by the Trump Republicans is on the horizon … against Canadian steel and aluminunm … and Canada has NO MORE CHEEKS to turn!
If Trump and his Republican administration go ahead with their threatened tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum … Canada MUST NOT wait years and fight the attack in International Tribunals … Canada MUST retaliate and make Americans feel the impact of their own decisions/attacks/exclusionary policies.
And the US’s own Trade Department has come up with its own list of American exports to Canada that can help OUR officials hit back:
“The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: vehicles ($48 billion), machinery ($ 40 billion), electrical machinery ($24 billion), mineral fuels ($16 billion), and plastics ($12billion). U.S. exports of agricultural products to Canada totaled $23 billion in 2016, our 1st largest agricultural export market,” the US Trade Department has offered up.
Here’s a little more help:
“U.S. exports to Canada totaled $375 billion in 2014 – 16 percent of total U.S. exports. Canada is the number one export market for 35 U.S. states.”
Hear that Justin????
In fact, the US Trade Representative has calculated U.S. goods trade deficit with Canada was $12.1 billion in 2016. Trade between the two nations HAS helped Canadian companies expand the markets for our products.
BUT this is key … ” Services exports (from the US TO Canada) were $54.2 billion; services imports were $ 26.9 billion. The U.S. services trade surplus with Canada was $24.6 billion in 2016,” according to the American officials’ own calculations.
Get that, Prime Minister???
The US had a TRADE SURPLUS in its dealings with Canada in 2016!!!
And yet Trump … apparently without reading, asking or citing ANY actual facts … has waxed ignorant, aggressive, threatening and rhetorically attacked Canada with his usual hyperbole as being an unfair trader ripping the US off.
He’s a nakedly exposed ignoramus: US officials and US House of Representatives members and US Senators KNOW the Emperor is wearing no clothes, but are too afraid to stand up to him.
With his silver-spooned background and private schooling under the watchful eye/protection of the RCMP, Justin probably had little or no experience dealing with bullies.
But most of the rest of us have … and WE know that if you let a bully get away with a first assault … a second will absolutely follow…and then a third and more.
Trump IS a bully … and the only thing that will stop him if he does proceed with another attack on Canada is if we …and other trading nations … start to hit back …WITH TARIFFS targeting American goods.
Regrettable, but only if American companies and American workers start feeling the same pain they have been handing out to Canadian companies and Canadian workers will the bully relent.
There’s a LOT to choose from: US-built aircraft (take that, Boeing, Cessna, Gulfstream); American motorcycles; American clothing (like Levis, shoes, boots, sports, fishing, boating and mountaineering gear): American recreational vehicles and other American-built equipment; American plastics, American computers, American agricultural goods that are also abundantly produced in Canada (apples, potatoes, chocolates, candies, canned goods: American wines), and also US-made machinery of all kinds… especially models easily replaceable within Canada or by imports from other friendlier trading partners.
Trudeau has described Trump’s bullying policies as “absolutely unacceptable”.
Does anyone in the real world recall any incident when an attack-prone bully was EVER deterred by just being told his/her antics were “absolutely unacceptable”?
A punch to the nose of a bully may not be pretty … but it’s far more effective and faster than fighting before international tribunals for years.
Especially since we have NO MORE cheeks to turn.
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