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U.S. commerce issues ship commerce minister again to Washington as MPs debate options – Nationwide

U.S. commerce issues ship commerce minister again to Washington as MPs debate options – Nationwide

Canada’s commerce minister has headed again to the U.S. capital for discussions on festering commerce irritants, simply two weeks after becoming a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his go to to the White Home.

Mary Ng met nearly Tuesday with U.S. Commerce Consultant Katherine Tai to speak about quite a lot of commerce disputes, together with Canada’s “important concern” with a proposed tax credit score for electrical autos.

In a readout of their assembly, Ng’s workplace described the proposal as operating counter to the phrases of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Settlement, or USMCA.

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Ng additionally took concern with the U.S. making good final week on its plan to almost double its duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports.

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She mentioned the choice will harm Canadian communities, employees and companies, whereas solely including to the inflationary ache U.S. shoppers are already feeling.

Ng is in Washington till Friday for quite a lot of in-person conferences and has a contingent of opposition MPs in tow, together with Conservative commerce critic Randy Hoback.

In a take-note debate on the softwood lumber duties Wednesday night within the Home of Commons, Liberals MPs appealed for a Staff Canada strategy to the long-running dispute.

“It can be crucial that we communicate as one voice and that we don’t capitulate, that we acknowledge that it’s a stronger voice if we unite and say that what’s occurring shouldn’t be proper,” mentioned Winnipeg MP Kevin Lamoureux, who led off debate for the federal government aspect.

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However opposition MPs laid the blame for the dispute squarely on Trudeau and what they deemed his incapacity to ascertain good relations with three successive U.S. presidents.

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NDP MP Charlie Angus famous that Trudeau met with present President Joe Biden final month on the White Home and “seven days later they hammered us” with new duties on softwood lumber.

“I imply what did he say that pissed them off so badly that inside seven days they doubled the tariffs on us?” Angus mentioned.

Conservative MP Dan Albas mentioned it was clear for months that the U.S. was poised to impose greater duties on Canadian lumber however did nothing to forestall it.

“This authorities ought to have identified and they need to have been appearing and they need to have been participating,” he mentioned, including that the Liberal authorities “simply doesn’t appear to care” about mill closures and job losses in his British Columbia driving.

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Conservative MP Ed Quick, a former commerce minister in Stephen Harper’s authorities, questioned why the Liberals didn’t renew a nine-year settlement struck in 2006, which expired simply earlier than the 2015 election that noticed the Liberals take workplace.

“At present we all know our relationship with the US is a failed relationship beneath this Liberal authorities,” he mentioned, including that Trudeau “has been unable to attain something on the bilateral commerce entrance.”

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Lamoureux reminded opposition MPs that softwood lumber has been a commerce irritant between the 2 international locations for many years, beneath each Liberal and Conservative governments.

He famous that Canada has challenged the legality of the duties up to now at Canada-U.S. free commerce dispute decision panels and the World Commerce Group and has received each time. He predicted that would be the case once more this time however admitted that the litigation course of will take time.

Within the meantime, Bloc Quebecois MP Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay mentioned the federal government should instantly present mortgage ensures to lumber producers to assist them climate the most recent spherical of duties.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

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