Freeland offers few answers as Trump administration levels strict new quotas on Canadian aluminum – By Jesse Snyder (National Post) / Sept 15 2020
While Freeland quickly signalled the move was a win for Canada, others noted that new U.S-imposed quotas on aluminum exports could trigger more retaliatory tariffs
OTTAWA — In a surprise move on Tuesday, the U.S. removed tariffs on Canadian aluminum only hours before Canada was to retaliate with its own levies against its southern neighbour.
While Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland quickly signalled the move was a win for Canada, other observers noted that new U.S-imposed quotas on aluminum exports could trigger another round of retaliatory tariffs between the two countries.
Jesse Goldman, a lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais, said the Canadian government’s position on Tuesday could even be seen as an agreement with the U.S. to limit Canada’s aluminum export market.
“It’s pretty evident to me that Canada has agreed to quotas on unwrought aluminum without telling the public,” he said, adding that public intervention might be required to avoid future tariffs.