Canada should put du­ties on Boe­ing planes

The Daily Courier - - LETTERS -

Ed­i­tor: It is re­ported that the United States gov­ern­ment is propos­ing to levy du­ties and “an­tidump­ing” penal­ties against Bom­bardier to­tal­ing 299.45 per cent.

I think that the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment should re­spond by levy­ing im­port du­ties of 299.45 per cent against any Boe­ing air­craft sold to Cana­dian pur­chasers. It should be made clear these du­ties will be levied on the same date that the U.S. du­ties are im­posed and will be re­moved when the U.S. du­ties are can­celled.

This would make it clear that it is a di­rect re­sponse to the U.S. ac­tion and Boe­ing’s in­volve­ment in that ac­tion which would likely negate any com­plaint that the U.S. might make via the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion. It would also send a clear sig­nal to the NAFTA ne­go­tia­tors that Canada will not be bul­lied by the U.S.

It would also hit Boe­ing’s lu­cra­tive mar­ket for Boe­ing 737s and 777s, which sev­eral Cana­dian air­lines are propos­ing to buy. It would, un­for­tu­nately, be in­con­ve­nient for the Cana­dian air­lines plan­ning to buy these air­craft, but it is un­likely that it would ever have to be ap­plied be­cause Boe­ing would doubt­less lobby to have the U.S. du­ties re­moved in or­der to pro­tect their own sales, par­tic­u­larly if the Cana­dian air­lines threat­ened to can­cel their or­ders if Boe­ing failed to act.

Brian But­ler, Pen­tic­ton

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