Ford says he stands with Trudeau on trade talks with U.S.

The Welland Tribune - - Canada & World - PAOLA LORIGGIO

TORONTO — Doug Ford says that while he may clash with Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau on is­sues like car­bon pric­ing, he will stand side by side with the fed­eral govern­ment when it comes in­ter­na­tional trade and protecting Cana­dian jobs.

On­tario’s pre­mier-des­ig­nate stressed the need to present a united front dur­ing com­plex trade ne­go­ti­a­tions, even as he reaf­firmed his plan to scrap the pro­vin­cial cap-and-trade sys­tem and fight up­com­ing fed­eral rules on car­bon pric­ing.

“Are we go­ing to have some dif­fer­ences in­ter­nally within the fam­ily, per se? I’m sure we’ll have a few bumps,” Ford told re­porters on Wed­nes­day.

“When it comes about in­ter­na­tional trade and work­ing with the United States and Mex­ico, make no mis­take about it ... we’re go­ing to stand side by side.”

Ford said that while he un­der­stands U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is stick­ing up for his coun­try in re­cent re­marks crit­i­ciz­ing Canada and the prime min­is­ter, “name-calling” won’t help re­solve dis­agree­ments on trade be­tween the two coun­tries.

His com­ments come af­ter Trump called Trudeau “weak” and “dis­hon­est” in a Twit­ter post over the week­end af­ter the prime min­is­ter spoke against Amer­i­can tar­iffs on steel and alu­minum.

Ford said the Amer­i­can tar­iffs will hurt jobs on both sides of the border and should be lifted.

The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive leader said his top pri­or­ity is protecting jobs for On­tario work­ers and re­it­er­ated that he would stand “shoul­der-to-shoul­der” with Trudeau on the is­sue.

On Thurs­day, Ford will sit down with For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land and Cana­dian am­bas­sador to the United States David Mac­Naughton for a brief­ing on NAFTA talks.

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