Free­land says Trump metal tar­iffs ‘con­tra­dict’ new NAFTA and will have to go

The Miracle - - National & Int - Source:

OT­TAWA -- U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s steel and alu­minum tar­iffs con­tra­dict a key com­po­nent of the new North Amer­i­can trade agree­ment -- the piv­otal sec­tion on au­tos -which will ul­ti­mately lead to their demise, For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land says.U.S. busi­nesses are mak­ing that ar­gu­ment, and Free­land told The Cana­dian Press that gives mo­men­tum to Canada’s on­go­ing ef­forts to have the levies lifted in 2019. The min­is­ter said Canada’s fight to re­move the tar­iffs, im­posed by the U.S. pres­i­dent, is be­ing aided by the broader calls from Amer­i­can busi­ness to have them to be lifted be­fore the new con­ti­nen­tal trade pact is rat­i­fied. Their ar­gu­ment cen­tres on the fact that a ma­jor sec­tion of the new agree­ment -- known as the Canada-U.S.-Mex­ico Agree­ment, or CUSMA -- fo­cuses on rais­ing the con­tent re­quire­ments of North Amer­i­can-built cars, Free­land said. The rules on ori­gin for auto- mo­biles were a key stick­ing point through­out the con­tentious 14-month rene­go­ti­a­tion of the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment. Dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tion, Trump also im­posed a 25-per-cent tar­iff on Cana­dian and Mex­i­can steel and 10-per-cent on alu­minum, us­ing a sec­tion of U.S. trade law that gives the Oval Of­fice the au­thor­ity to do so un­der a na­tional se­cu­rity pro­vi­sion.

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