Feds to unveil plan to tackle U.S. aluminum tariffs

WATCH: Champagne says response to new U.S. aluminum tariffs will be ‘same as last time’

Canada could hit back this week with retaliatory measures after the U.S. slapped tariffs on aluminum imports.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to make an announcement about how the government plans to tackle the counter-measures Tuesday morning.

On Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Canada is still trying to negotiate the dispute but will apply “the same policy we did last time” if deemed necessary.

“We had dollar-for-dollar tariffs,” Champagne said ahead of a two-day cabinet retreat in Ottawa.

“Obviously we’re continuing to negotiate, but we’re going to be prepared to react, as we did last time. I think Canadians understand that we stood up and will stand up again for aluminum in Canada.”

U.S. President Donald Trump announced the reimposition of a 10 per cent tariff on some Canadian aluminum products during an event in Ohio on Aug. 6, claiming the U.S. aluminum business was “being decimated by Canada” and that Canada had broken a promise not to flood the U.S. market with the product.

The White House also cited national security concerns in explaining the Trump administration’s decision to restore the tariffs. The U.S. tariffs went into effect on Aug. 16.

Freeland previously called the U.S. decision “unwarranted” and said Canada would respond “swiftly and strongly” with retaliatory tariffs valued at $3.6 billion.

Freeland’s announcement Tuesday follows 30 days of consultations by the government on aluminum and aluminum-containing products it is looking to subject to the tariffs.

Trending Stories

  • 'It's affecting everybody': B.C. residents urged to stay indoors, air quality remains among world's worst

  • Guaranteed basic income emerges as top policy priority for Liberal MPs amid COVID-19

The list of potential targets includes goods such as appliances, drink cans, office furniture, bicycles and golf clubs.

Both Champagne and Freeland have vehemently denied Trump’s claims.

“Aluminum from Canada is no threat to national security in the United States. I think that’s more obvious than ever,” Champagne said Monday.

“When you’re looking at supply chains, which are going from global to regional, the real opportunity here is to think, ‘How can we build more in North America and sell to the world?'”

In the past, Freeland has also emphasized that the “first casualties” of the reimposed tariffs would be American workers and consumers.

“The United States has taken the absurd decision to harm its own people at a time when its economy is suffering the deepest crisis since the Great Depression,” she said on Aug 7.

“In fact, the very washing machines manufactured at the Whirlpool plant where the president made his announcement yesterday will become more expensive for Americans and less competitive with machines produced elsewhere in the world.”

Trump’s move comes on the heels of a U.S. presidential election in November and amid a steep economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It also follows the renegotiated NAFTA, which came into force in July after years of work by Canadian, American and Mexican officials.

Trump previously used steep tariffs on steel and aluminum as a bargaining chip during those negotiations to pressure Canadian officials to cave to his demands.

— with files from the Canadian Press and Global News’ Amanda Connolly

© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Related news

Elections in ORDLO possible after complete de-occupation of Donbas – Yermak.

The holding of elections in the temporarily uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is possible only after their complete de-occupation and the resolution of security issues.

3

Sri Lankan Minister Climbs Tree To Address Public On Shortage Of Coconuts.

To convey the message to the people on the shortage of coconuts, Sri Lankan State Minister of Coconut Arundika Fernando climbed a coconut tree and said that the country is facing a dearth of 700...

TikTok Files Lawsuit Against Trump Administration To Fight US Ban.

TikTok asked a federal judge in Washington to block the Trump administration from enacting a ban on the fast-growing social-media network.

Paktia Provincial Councilor Shot Dead In Southeastern Afghanistan.

Afghan officials say the deputy head of the provincial council in the southeastern province of Paktia has been assassinated by unknown gunmen.

1

«Female Force Kamala Harris» : New Comic Book On Joe Biden's Running Mate.

A day after her birthday, Kamala Harris is getting her own comic book, chronicling her path from childhood to her historic nomination as U.S. vice president.

‘We want to get rid of them’: Thailand protesters plan biggest anti-government rally yet.

The biggest demonstration so far drew 10,000 in Bangkok last month, but protest leaders have said they expect this one to be much bigger.

2 24

Number of COVID-19 cases confirmed worldwide exceeds 30.

The overall death toll is 951,787 people, while 20,779,174 coronavirus patients have already recovered.

Trump’s release of Puerto Rico aid ahead of election comes after years of attacks, denials.

Trump has spent years blasting Puerto Rican officials while opposing spending to rebuild a power grid and other infrastructure that was wiped out by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Amid Row With US, China Comes Out With «Unreliable Entities List» .

China said Saturday it had launched a mechanism enabling it to restrict foreign entities, a much-anticipated move seen as retaliation to US penalties against Chinese companies such as telecom giant...

More migrant women allege they received unwanted surgeries while detained in U.

A doctor at a Georgia facility is accused of performing unwanted hysterectomies and other procedures done on detained immigrant women that jeopardize their ability to have children.

By continuing to browse World News (UAZMI), you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and agree to the use of cookies