Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister on Wednesday told US President Donald Trump that if the United States goes ahead with plans to slap import tariffs of 300 percent on Bombardier aeroplanes then he would block his country from purchasing Boeing aircraft. The war of words are threatening to ignite a trade war between Canada, the US and UK – Canadian planemaker employs about 4,000 people in Belfast, as per the Telegraph report. The Canadian PM met Trump at the White House to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement and told Telegraph that he raised the issue of Bombardier “directly,” indicating his opposition to US anti-dumping policy.
Trudeau said,”I highlighted to the president how we disagree vehemently with Commerce’s decision to bring in countervailing and anti-dumping duties against Bombardier, that we feel this is not something that is warranted and quite frankly something that we look very negatively upon.” He added,”The attempts by Boeing to put tens of thousands of aerospace workers out of work across Canada is not something we look on positively.”
A fortnight back, the US Department of Commerce had said that the C-Series of Bombardiers should be subject to a 219 percent import duty, after a complaint from Boeing which stated that its manufacturers received subsidies from Canada and the UK. Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, responded and said that the US was igniting a trade war and warned Boeing that it was endangering future deals with Ministry of Defence to supply aircraft such as its Apache helicopters, reported the Telegraph.
The US later ruled in favour of adding 80 percent of tariff after Boeing complained they were being sold at very low prices. Trudeau added that he told Trump he would prevent subsequent Canadian government orders from Boeing. “I certainly mentioned that this was a block to us making any military procurement from Boeing,” he said, as per Telegraph report.