Ford should step in

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - OPINION -

The trade dis­pute be­tween Canada and U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is un­der­way. On one hand, Trump is try­ing to make ef­fec­tive his un­law­ful trade con­straints on Canada’s ex­ports to the U.S. by at­tempt­ing to bully and in­tim­i­date our fed­eral gov­ern­ment. There is a dan­ger that he will use the ar­gu­ment of na­tional se­cu­rity to ig­nore the an­tic­i­pated op­po­si­tion by Congress in this mat­ter. On the other hand, the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment is us­ing diplo­matic tac­tics to not give in and to de­fend Canada’s na­tional in­ter­ests.

As an On­tario res­i­dent, I won­der what Pre­mier Doug Ford’s stance is on this is­sue? Why doesn’t he travel to the U.S. as the On­tario pre­mier to lobby his Con­ser­va­tive friends among the U.S. gov­er­nors and Congress rep­re­sen­ta­tives to sup­port the Cana­dian po­si­tion in NAFTA ne­go­ti­a­tions? It is time to put On­tar­i­ans’ real in­ter­ests first and to get ac­tively in­volved in this dis­pute be­fore Trump puts tar­iffs on On­tario’s ve­hi­cle ex­ports to the States, jeop­ar­diz­ing thou­sands of jobs in On­tario. Mah­mood Rowghani Kingston

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