Trudeau under fire after U.S. raises duty rates on Canadian softwood producers

Trudeau under fire after U.S. raises duty rates on Canadian softwood producers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government was criticized Thursday for its handling of Canadian-American relations in the wake of an announcement by the United States that it would double the rate of punitive duties on most softwood imports from Canada. The hike in financial penalties on Canadian softwood is the latest in a series of American measures, including a campaign by Michigan to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline and electric-vehicle subsidies that would shift North American production to the U.S., that have jeopardized Canada’s economic interests, opposition MPs charged in the House of Commons. Canada also halted the export of Prince Edward Island potatoes to the U.S. on Nov. 2 after being warned they would be blocked over a fungus despite no evidence the parasite has showed up in the …
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