Canada should put duties on Boeing planes
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