Canada retaliates, starts tariffs against the US

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The Chamber, the nation's largest business lobbying group and a traditional ally of Trump's Republican Party, said the White House is risking a global trade war with its push to protect US industry and workers with tariffs.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he didn't know if anyone should be surprised that Trump made a comment of that nature.

Canadian tariffs on more than 100 US goods went into effect on Sunday, as a retaliatory effort against similar measures imposed by the United States. "The president has been clear ... he has concerns about the WTO, he thinks there's aspects of it that are not fair, he thinks that China and others have used it to their own advantage, but we are focused on free trade".

"No matter where we are, today, as Canadians, we celebrate Canada and the people who have built the country we love".

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"Clearly, I think after today, the ball's going to be in the USA court and they'll just have several choices of paths they want to take and I'm hopeful the messages today are one's that indicate a constructive path", he said.

After that meeting, Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "weak" and "dishonest".

Trump initially granted Canada, EU members and other nations exemptions on the metal tariffs - 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. Trudeau reiterated that he "had no choice" but to announce retaliatory tariffs, according to the prime minister's office.

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"It is absolutely imperative that common sense should prevail", she said. "I think it's going to be fine", he added. He said it would become evident "very soon what I'm talking about".

If the USA moved forward with tariffs on auto imports, it would be a blow to Canada's economy because of the critical nature that the auto industry plays in the country.

Ian Cross of Prince Edward Island said he does not believe Canada-U.S. relations are being damaged too deeply by the current trade spat. "We've got nothing to be ashamed about".

Arriving a little late, Trudeau waded slowly through the crowd that had gathered for a barbecue at the city's Waterfront Park, shaking lots of hands and posing for photos and selfies.

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Sounding a little hoarse, but still energetic, after his cross-country day of speech making, the prime minister said it was great to be back in the Yukon. The talks have stalled over several issues, including Trump's insistence on a clause that would end NAFTA every five years unless all three countries agree to sustain it. But he said Canadians were up for the challenge.

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