Justin Trudeau Attacks Donald Trump Over GM Closings and Steel Tariffs
The current G20 Summit in Argentina allows world leaders to address their grievances in person. Today, Justin Trudeau took the opportunity to attack Donald Trump’s tariffs and ask him to end them.
The men appeared on stage together to discuss the amended Nafta deal. Trudeau began by stating, “The new agreement lifts the risk of serious economic uncertainty that lingers throughout a trade renegotiation process, uncertainty that would have only gotten worse and more damaging had we not reached a new NAFTA.”
Trudeau then talked about the recent GM factory closings. Canada was impacted by GM’s decision as a massive plant in Oshawa, Ontario is scheduled to be shuttered. Trudeau referred to the plant closings as “a heavy blow.”
Trump and his administration attempted to blame the closings on many factors including the leadership of GM CEO Mary Barra. It is thought by many that both Trump’s corporate tax breaks and steel tariffs played a role in the closings.
The Canadian Prime Minister certainly feels the tariffs were an important factor. He took the moment to address Trump directly, “And Donald, it’s all the more reason why we need to keep working to remove the tariffs on steel and aluminum between our countries.”
The steel and aluminum tariffs have been a major bone of contention for Canadian leadership. According to Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star, Trudeau even considered refusing to appear on stage with Trump until the tariffs are ended.
Canadians were not only upset at the economic implications of the tariffs, but also their justification. Trump had argued that the tariffs were necessary since Canada presented a National Security threat.
The tariffs are beginning to have long ranging implications not only on the US economy but the economy of other nations as well. Time will tell if Trudeau’s directness will help lead to an agreement between the US and Canada, or perhaps further push the two countries apart.