Canada hits back at United States with tariffs on metals, goods


The list of more than 250 U.S. goods subject to Canadian duties - including Florida juice, Wisconsin toilet paper and North Carolina gherkins, which are labor intensive to produce - aim to pressure Trump supporters key states in November's USA midterm elections.

The president's tweet came as the US faces escalating trade disputes across the world, including with key USA allies, over the Trump administration's tariffs.

Canada and Mexico have the additional challenge of responding to US tariffs while they attempt to renegotiate NAFTA, a major free trade agreement, with the United States.

Canada's retaliatory tariffs on US goods take effect Sunday following the Trump administration's new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

Trump initially granted Canada, EU members and other nations exemptions on the metal tariffs - 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum.

After Heinz shut down a factory in Ontario in 2014, French's - known in the US for its mustard - became an alternative ketchup-maker in Canada.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the tariffs are regrettable.

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Baruah expressed concern over the Trump administration's threat to impose further tariffs, this time on the auto industry, He noted that 25 to 35 per cent of a vehicle assembled in the composed of parts from around the world.

"We've been very nice to Canada for many years, and they've taken advantage of that", Sanders said. The two discussed "mutually beneficial economic and trading relationship between the two countries, and their shared priority of updating the North American Free Trade Agreement for the betterment of their peoples", Trudeau's office said in a statement.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was necessary for Canada to hold the United States to account. He urged Canadians to "make their choices accordingly" in considering whether to buy American products.

In the Fox News interview, Trump said he proposed to his G7 partners at last month's summit in Quebec that they remove all trade-related barriers and taxes.

"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. "Everybody said, 'Uh, can we get on to another subject?"'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated Canada is doing it to hold the USA accountable for its trade policies.

Trudeau has insisted the US president's complaints about Canada's trade barriers are the result of his refusal to give in to Trump's demands to do away with the country's supply-management system, which is created to protect dairy, poultry and egg producers.