Trump tariff tirade has MPs united across party lines, urging calm
U.S. President Donald Trump's name-calling trade tirade has members of Parliament on both sides of the Commons calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stand firm against tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and threats against dairy producers and automakers.
Liberal MP and former dairy farmer Wayne Easter says there's a real sense of panic in his P.E.I. riding over the implications of Trump's pronouncements following his departure from the G7 summit.
After Trump left the G7 gathering in Quebec he lashed out at Trudeau's closing statement, calling him ``very dishonest and weak,'' among other things.
The president also repeated claims that Canada overtaxes American dairy products under its supply management system and complained about Canadian automobiles entering the U.S. market.
In his summit statement, Trudeau called U.S. tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum imports ``insulting'', a word he had used several times in the last two weeks to describe the American premise that Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S.
Ontario Conservative MP John Brassard says he's heard over the weekend from worried businesses that use aluminum and steel, adding that there is real worry that there will be serious job implications within a couple of weeks.