It’s taken far too long, but it looks like the Prime Minister is finally stepping up and showing some backbone.
Justin Trudeau stood up to Donald Trump on Wednesday, refusing to accept the American president’s plan to tax Bombardier Airplanes by a rate of 300%.
During a press conference in Washington on Wednesday, Trudeau discussed details on a meeting he had with President Trump regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Bombardier tariff issue was specifically brought up by Trudeau, and the Prime Minister said that if the taxes are imposed, the Canadian government won’t be buying fighter jets from American aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
“I highlighted to the president how we disagree vehemently with commerce’s decision to bring in countervailing and anti-dumping duties against Bombardier” said Trudeau.
The Prime Minister added that the tariffs are “not something that is warranted and quite frankly something that we look very negatively upon.”
Trudeau has finally stood up to Trump, and all it took were fighter jets.
This could be the start of a “trade war” (as the press is calling it) between the United States and Canada. Even the United Kingdom could get mixed up in the fight, since Bombardier has thousands of UK-based workers who could be affected by the proposed tariffs.
A couple of weeks ago, the US Department of Commerce proposed a 219% import duty on Bombardier C-Series planes after a complaint from Boeing about the subsidies Bombardier receives from the Canadian government.
More recently, another 80% “preliminary anti-dumping duties” was added to the tariffs on Bombardier.
In response, Trudeau is blocking any purchases of Boeing aircrafts by the Canadian government.
A final decision on the Bombardier tariffs won’t be made until next year. Until then, expect the heat to rise on this trade war, where we may see more of a sterner side to our usually-jovial-and-carefree Prime Minister.