We’re in a trade war. It’s as bad as it gets. Because for the first time in living memory, the United States has a president who is absolutely dedicated to bringing factories back to the United States, after a generation of “offshoring.”
Now Trump is coming for our car factories. And it’s obvious why:
We sell about one million more cars into the U.S. than they sell up to us.
I mean, we’re next to America. Don’t we want unfettered access to the world’s most important market?
But look, Trudeau’s going to be Trudeau. While he was surely going to have fun at the G7, like the host of a big fun party, his only goal with Trump was to do no harm, for just 48 hours.
And they just couldnt’ do it.
Only after Trump had left Canada, en route to North Korea, did Trudeau hold a press conference, where he said Canada wasn’t going to be pushed around anymore.
Trump saw that push-back, and he tweeted:
PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
So now, like it or not, fair or not, Trump says he’s coming for our auto industry.
And he’s particularly focused on our dairy industry, that has a 270 per cent protective tariff — including new tariffs brought in by Trudeau just two years ago, bizarrely, just as Trump was coming to power. So reckless.
And is Trump's offer — free trade on everything — so odious to us?
Don’t we want that? Well, not if you’re a Quebec dairy farmer. What’s more important to Canada — Quebec dairy farmers, or our auto industry? I think that’s the choice.
Everyone in the country knows that our dairy cartel is awful — it makes milk and cheese very expensive for consumers, it hits poor people the hardest. What a great excuse to finally get rid of that.
That would be two wins — give Trump a “concession” that is actually something we want; and save our steel and auto industry.
Instead, we’ll have none.
TONIGHT I'll show you how Canada's "conservative" leaders reacted. They sided with Quebec's dairy cartel, too.
But I'm siding with Canadians:
Against the Quebec dairy cartel, against Trudeau's sociopathic anti-Americanism, and against picking a fight with our closest ally for reasons of ideological hatred and as a 2019 re-election tactic.
This is going off the rails...
NEXT: Retired lawyer Manny Montenegrino joins me to discuss what's next in terms of Canada/U.S. relations.
FINALLY: Your messages to me!