Trump's latest swipe at Canada? Smuggling US shoes

Darnell Taylor
June 20, 2018

On July 1, Canada is set to impose retaliatory action of $16.6 billion on US products after Trump slapped tariffs on aluminum and steel - and he has threatened more to come on automobiles. "We know that no one will benefit from this beggar-thy-neighbour approach to trade", Ms. Freeland said.

He did not indicate how this harms USA businesses, but went on to link this conduct to negotiations on the North American free-trade agreement (NAFTA), saying the United States will not be treated poorly by Canada any longer.

For instance, a Chinese-made TV bought in the USA and brought across the Canadian border would be assessed a tariff as if it came from China rather than the US.

While addressing the National Federation of Business in Washington, Trump told the crowd that Canadians are resorting to smuggling USA goods to avoid tariffs. "And I think we all agree that it is important for Canada to stand up in defence of the global rules-based order, and we will do so".

The list includes USA steel and aluminum and goods from sailboats to whisky, plywood to refrigerators and washing machines to herbicides.

President Trump railed against Canada on Tuesday, again accusing our northern neighbor of unfair trading practices - and a story in The Post that said Canadians come to the USA to buy shoes and then smuggle them back into their country to avoid stiff tariffs. "We can no longer be the stupid country", Trump said.

Canada is still preparing dollar-for-dollar retaliation on $16.1-billion of USA goods to take effect on July 1.

She said the government has finished consulting with Canadians on its proposed list of American consumer goods - dozens of items from Kentucky bourbon, to candles, to felt-tipped pens - and will be making some tweaks on which ones will be slapped with new duties.

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Ah yes, that old Canuck scuffed shoe grift with which we are all so familiar.

Trump also blasted Canada's supply management system for dairy and poultry, calling it a "barrier".

He also had some praise for the longtime U.S. ally.

"Canada is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer, and Mexico is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer", he said.

Earlier Tuesday, the official Opposition called for an emergency debate in the House of Commons over the future of the Canada-U.S. trade deal.

Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole said Canadians need to see their elected representatives addressing what is the biggest economic crisis in their lifetime.

Freeland said Canada was working on a response that was "firm, clear and resolute" like its response to the steel and aluminum tariffs. But Commons Speaker Geoff Regan said the issue did not meet the requirements for an emergency debate.

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