Canada not helping itself by hitting USA with tariffs: White House

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Now that Mexicos presidential election is done, Ottawa wants negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement to restart as soon as possible, one government official familiar with the plan said on condition of anonymity.

"Given the current political climate, I don't think it would be appropriate", Fraser said in an emailed statement.

"It's our chance to go and celebrate Independence Day with the Americans and demonstrate we're friends", said Bezan.

Gomez argued that Mexico's incoming leftist president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, does not have links with big business in the way that outgoing president Enrique Peña Nieto does, and so will not be beholden to business interests in the same way.

Trump, however, has said he wants to wait until after November's US congressional midterms before committing to a new agreement.

Trump has also tried to pressure Canada and Mexico into agreeing to rewrite the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement to shift more auto production and investment to the United States.

Trump has also indicated repeatedly he'd be open to striking separate agreements with Canada and Mexico.

Once automotive issues are addressed, the remaining NAFTA sticking points will largely be between Canada and the US - and it's an open question how much room Trudeau will have to manoeuvre Trudeau in areas like government procurement, supply management and intellectual property.

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Now, they're fighting fire with fire, adding tariffs on a bespoke set of products created to inflict as much damage as possible to industries where Canadian imports are popular with U.S. customers and support United States jobs: hence why we've ended up with another oddly specific list of things like sleeping bags, ballpoint pens, playing cards, and strawberry jam.

Trump had enraged Canada and other USA allies by declaring imported steel and aluminium a threat to America's national security and therefore a legitimate target for USA tariffs.

The White House said on Monday that Canada's decision to enact tariffs on C$16.6 billion ($12.63 billion) worth of American goods in retaliation for US tariffs on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum would not help its economy.

Asked about the high-profile people who declined to attend, Leslie said: "The great news is that we can live in a country where people can make such choices to either or not attend a social function".

So why are those who are backing Canadian-made products considered "patriots" and Americans wanting to help US goods and workers are bad?

"Escalating tariffs against the United States does nothing to help Canada, and it only hurts American workers".

In the Fox News interview, Trump said he proposed to his G7 partners at last month's summit in Quebec that they remove all trade-related barriers and taxes. You're going to have an election.

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