Canada begins imposing tariffs on USA goods from ketchup to lawn mowers


Monthly freight flows between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico were down in April, but up 12.8% from a year earlier. Now that Mexicos presidential election is done, Ottawa wants negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement to restart as soon as possible, one government official familiar with the plan said on condition of anonymity.

Canadian officials said the measures were designed in part to pressure Trump by focusing on goods from states where his political allies hold sway.

"It's our chance to go and celebrate Independence Day with the Americans and demonstrate we're friends", said Bezan.

Trump has clashed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade, with the US president tweeting last month after departing the G-7 meetings in Quebec that Trudeau was "weak" and "dishonest".

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U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy to Canada told guests at her cosier-than-usual Fourth of July party in Ottawa on Wednesday night that the countries' strained relationship will overcome the tough times.

Asked if he supported Canada's move to put tariffs on US imports as retaliation for the USA slapping tariffs on Canadian aluminum (10 per cent) and steel (25 per cent), Baruah said, "Absolutely".

Canada's Building Trades Unions stands with the Trudeau Government in continuing to press the Trump Administration to rescind its misguided tariffs. Trudeau's office said the prime minister "conveyed that Canada has had no choice but to announce reciprocal countermeasures" to the US tariffs.

The new Canadian tariffs, which took effect at 12.01am on Sunday, are hitting a long list of United States consumer goods, including ketchup and other Kraft Heinz products.

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"We've been very nice to Canada for many years and they've taken advantage of that, particularly advantage of our farmers", she said.

"At the G7, the president actually proposed that they get rid of all tariffs and drop all barriers and have really great trade, and they refused that", Sanders said.

From asking Canadians to adopt them to thanking Canada for supporting them in these hard times, here are the funniest Canada Day messages from our American neighbours. Freeland said on Friday, "We will not escalate - and we will not back down".

The prime minister has said they've disagreed over Trump's call for Canada to open up its supply management system during NAFTA talks. Analysts say Congress is unlikely to pass the legislation because it would give more authority to the president on trade matters.

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