If Trump Wants To Stop Shipping Masks To Canada, We Can Stop Shipping The Pulp To Make Them

Trump’s move is shortsighted, and will lead to far more problems if implemented.

US President Donald Trump has made a foolish and shortsighted move, calling on US manufacturer 3M to stop shipping N95 masks to Canada and other countries.

While the US is in the same boat as most countries (including Canada), having foolishly let their manufacturing sector be dismantled and shipped off to foreign countries, which has made them dependent heavily on foreign manufacturing for masks and desperate to hoard their own supply.

The problem of course is that much of the Pulp used to make N95 masks in the US comes from Canada, BC in particular.

So, if Trump wants to stop shipping masks to Canada, we can – and must – threaten to withhold the pulp and raw materials used to make those masks.

While the US is our closest ally, Canada must always look after our own interests first and foremost, and that means using whatever leverage we have to make sure mask shipments continue to flow into our country to ensure the best possible healthcare for the Canadian People.

Spencer Fernando

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Peter Gill

That’s an remarkably stupid suggestion: the US pulp production is close to 4x that of Canada, not much chance a pulp blockage will keep anyone south of the border up at night. As far as “other raw materials,” the critical component is non-woven polypropylene, of which none whatsoever is made in Canada.


And for how many years has justin and his staff been poking the Bear, leaving our relationship with P. Trump in pieces , Spencer why don’t you make a list of all the times justin antagonized the most powerful c country in the wold and our life long trading partner. Trump has always held his temper in check. And when you are finished with that project. Make a list of all of justin activates with the Chinese government and see if that makes the Canadian people take notice , and then somebody might wake up and see all those pro… Read more »


Canada can’t blame Trump. Trudeau gave away Canada’s mask reserves and millions of dollars of other equipment to his puppet master Xi in China. Trudeau did this with the hopes of bribing his way on to a UN Security Seat. He is a Xi commie worshiper. He is a traitor to Canada. And now he threatens the US. Well little boy, the EU and the UN will not be able to pull your ass out of this fire if Mr. Trump decides to retaliate in kind to your threats. trudeau is like the 3 year old spoiled little brat who… Read more »

james isnor

Hmm That might work but you do know there are almost 500 pulp and paper product mills in the USA. They just might figure that out would not need any from Canada. Maybe the foolish and short sighted PMO should make some in our country and better yet not send our stockpile to the very country who is responsible for this virus getting out of control. That’s right CHINA.

james isnor

Unlike Canadian industry. I am willing to bet he US is not selling their Pulp and Paper mills to Asian companies. Can you say Paper Excellence.


How about we stop sending 1500 Health Care people from Ontario to the States every day? It might come as a shock to the Government, but there is a severe shortage here in canada.


Silly. Canada has no leverage against the US. And if trump is re-elected you can be sure the US will pursue self sufficiency, and they can achieve it. Canada can’t. So Canada will either need to rely on the US, or the EU (good luck) or China (Trudeau’s goal?). I’d choose to stay close to the US.