Conservative Leader says PM should have gotten an exemption for Canada.
Following news that the Trump Administration will be upping their ‘Buy America’ rules, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is slamming Justin Trudeau.
The new restrictions mean that any product designated as ‘Made in America’ must have 75% US components. Previously, that number was 50%.
Additional rules now require that any public contract must use 95% US Steel and US Iron.
In a statement, the head of the Canadian Steel Producers Association – Catherine Cobden – expressed concerns:
“The existing Buy America provisions are already having a negative impact on Canada’s steel industry. Today’s announcement to require 95 per cent U.S.-made steel further adds to these challenges and fails to recognize the integrated nature of our North American economy. These types of trade barriers do not have a place between two nations that have a relationship founded on fair and free trade.”
Following the news of the increasing restrictions, Andrew Scheer pointed out that Trudeau failed to get an exemption for Canada:
“After surrendering so much to Trump during the NAFTA negotiations Trudeau failed to get Canada an exemption from the Buy American rules. Canadians are paying for his mistakes.”
After surrendering so much to Trump during the NAFTA negotiations Trudeau failed to get Canada an exemption from the Buy American rules. Canadians are paying for his mistakes. https://t.co/kO7idXTQrp
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) July 15, 2019
Scheer is noting something many have pointed out: Despite talking tough and talking a big game against Trump, the Trudeau government failed to get much for Canada, and ending signing an agreement that featured mostly unilateral concessions on the part of our country.
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