Freeland goes to Washington to denounce tariffs

Canada's foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, continues her trip to Washington in the wake of last weekend's verbal attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by U.S. President Donald Trump following the G7 meeting near Quebec City.

The implications of a high auto tariff would be felt by everyone working in the auto sector and beyond, said Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, which represents Canadian auto workers. Trudeau's closing press conference at the Group of Seven leaders' summit in Quebec this weekend sparked a flurry of reactions from the Trump administration after the prime minister said the US decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum on national security grounds was "insulting".

Canada's CTV reports angry Canadian shoppers and travelers "are mounting strikes against America's pocketbook by boycotting USA goods and trips to the States" as the summer travel season begins.

It's an unusual bit of tension between two countries that have been the closest of allies and reliable trading partners.

"I think Americans understand it's simply not the case", she said, stressing the deep friendship between two nations that share the world's longest peaceful border.

"We all know we will be strongest with America in our ranks-and indeed in the lead", she said.

Michael Byers, a professor of global politics at the University of British Columbia, said that despite the current turbulence, the US-Canada relationship "transcends any president or prime minister".

"That co-operation to reduce costs, find efficiencies and open up trading within our own region will benefit not just small and medium enterprises, but the region overall", Bell said. "Will NAFTA negotiations continue?" "I had a very good meeting with the G-7".

Trudeau had said using national security as a justification for tariffs was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their United States allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

However, Lawrence Martin, a columnist with The Globe and Mail, suggested Trudeau's defiance might be harmful to Canada and advised him to seek conciliatory talks with Trump rather than risk further trade reprisals.

That official and others said U.S. governors, state officials and lawmakers have a strong appreciation of the benefits of trade with Canada.

But they do inflict wounds.

Even the Prime Minister has made an effort to reach out to Congress.

President Donald Trump added more fuel to the fight with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At the administration level, the official said, Canadians concentrate on data in the face of some of the President's mischaracterizations of the trade relationship.

In Halton Hills, a Toronto suburb, the City Council unanimously passed a motion Monday encouraging its residents and businesses, with typical Canadian politesse, to consider avoiding USA goods "where Canadian substitutes are reasonably available".

Senators from both parties sought to mend a frayed relationship with Canada during a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

  • Rogelio Becker