For a year and a half as he campaigned for president, Donald Trump threatened some of America’s largest trading partners with import taxes or other penalties.
So you’d think that while Trump was threatening Mexico and China, the smart thing to do for Canada would be to be very quiet.
Just weeks before the U.S. election last year, Trudeau brought in a new import tax on U.S. dairy products.
Then came Trudeau’s next self-inflicted wound, for another protected, coddled, subsidized Quebec industry — namely Bombardier. Trudeau gave them more than $300 million in new subsidies.
So last month Boeing, a U.S. competitor to Bombardier, filed a complaint. Whatever subsidy the Canadian government gives Bombardier, Boeing wants the U.S. government to tack that price back on in taxes.
Here’s the worst part:
Our Canadian military needs new fighter jets.
But they’re being used as a hot potato here, so Trudeau can get back at Trump.
This won’t end well.
Not for Canadian taxpayers, not for the Canadian economy, not for the Canadian military that needs new equipment.
TONIGHT'S GUESTS: Immigration lawyer Guidy Mamann and Sun Media columnist Anthony Furey.