June 11, 2018

We’re on the brink of a full-blown trade war with the U.S., and Canada’s auto industry is in jeopardy

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


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!

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commented 2018-06-14 17:33:45 -0400 · Flag
It is interesting that PM Justin Tredau is finally standing up for the Workers and those folks who benefit fom government protected monopolistic industries.

But – may I ask who is standing up for we the Canadian consumer which of course also includes all of Canadian workers.

Oh yes – That would be Donald J Trump
To bad we the consumer are not protected by our own Liberal Government.

Bob Pawley
(rpawley@telus.net)
commented 2018-06-13 11:13:46 -0400
“’Drew Wakariuk commented 9 hours ago
Andrew those are issues for AFTER A DEAL IS DONE, what part of that escapes your pea brain?? ’

No. It’s part of the deal-making process. You don’t agree to buy a car, then negotiate the price after the deal is done, do you?

“Drew Wakariuk commented 9 hours ago
ANDREW why do you care anyways? The left hated free trade when it was first agreed upon anyways. Why is the left so concerned now?? "

First of all, I don’t agree with your supposed “left” you argue agaisnt. I am 100% in favour of free trade, and economically tend to run somewhat neoliberal. I have no patience for crony capitalism as practiced by Big C types, but that doesn’t make me a communist.

I was about six when the original Canada-US agreement was signed and didn’t really have much opinion at the time.

“Drew Wakariuk commented 10 hours ago
Andrew are you saying Canada does not offer tax breaks or other such incentives? "

No. I’m not, because we do, and that’s what Trump is attacking (Bernier is perhaps the only person pointing this out). I’m saying that the US is unilaterally attacking our incentives, while refusing to acknowledge their own. This gets lost in all the attacks being aimed at Trudeau – you hate Trudeau and love Trump, I get it, but in this case the Americans are not offering a fair deal for Canada. Trump is trying to screw us – this is not Trudeau’s fault, and the latter is doing the best he can. Even most of Canada’s right has set aside their partisanship to support Canadian interests ,which is quite decent of them.
commented 2018-06-13 01:40:12 -0400 · Flag
ANDREW why do you care anyways? The left hated free trade when it was first agreed upon anyways. Why is the left so concerned now??
commented 2018-06-13 01:38:21 -0400 · Flag
Justin is gonna tell his mom-
WAAAAAHHHH MOOMMY THE BAD MAN DID NOT DO WHAT I WANTED!!!!

Andrew is also upset that Justin is the imbecile that keeps looking like a fool to the rest of the world.
commented 2018-06-13 01:35:44 -0400 · Flag
Andrew are you saying Canada does not offer tax breaks or other such incentives?
commented 2018-06-13 01:35:10 -0400 · Flag
Andrew those are issues for AFTER A DEAL IS DONE, what part of that escapes your pea brain??
commented 2018-06-12 23:03:03 -0400 · Flag
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt commented
“Trudeau s**t the bed, msm claiming he didn’t make a mess! Wow, paychecks over truth!”

That sums it up perfectly.
commented 2018-06-12 22:59:13 -0400 · Flag
ROBERT GREELEY commented 1 min ago
“I highlighted directly to the president that Canadians did not take it lightly, the United States’ move forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industry,” began Trudeau. “[I] particularly did not take lightly the fact that it’s based on national security reason that for Canadians who either themselves or whose parents or community members have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers in far off lands, in conflicts from the First World War onwards, that it’s kind of insulting.”

Did trudeau find it kind of insulting when trudeau he himself slimed and awarded the 10.5 million dollars to the individual that killed a US Medic and maimed another US personnel Ally?

The victim’s Family’s got shafted from trudeau and goodale correct?

Now he talks about “shoulder to shoulder with American Soldiers in far off lands”
commented 2018-06-12 21:15:59 -0400
Liza Rosie: “its like a parallel universe. Reagan was talking about truly free and open trade. One the free market regulates naturally. When Trump got in many cried, “but he’s a protectionist!”. He’s really not. Just like Reagan before him, he puts America first and I respect any leader who does that for their country. Trump puts America first, but wants tariff free, open trade, and if he can’t accomplish that, he won’t settle for less than fair balanced trade”

Then why’s he attacking Mexican car factories? Those are essentially untariffed, and the “free market” has determined that local wages are lower, so it’s more cost effective to build cars in Mexico. Conversely, if you have fair trade, states like Alabama can’t use tax handouts to lure companies to build factories there. The determination must be purely market driven.

Going back tot he milk question – does he want fair trade, or does he want unusual privilege for American farmers who want a place to dump more milk? Because American milk subsidies run counter to fair trade – remove those subsidies, and their milk loses its price advantage (and Trump would be the president that doubled milk prices).

The problem is, that Trump’s version of Fair Trade seems to be something that unilaterally benefits America. The American economy is hardly a fair player itself, and I don’t see many concessions being offered on the American side. If there are, what are they?
commented 2018-06-12 20:31:10 -0400 · Flag
Too true on Space Moose’s comment. Trump is the only real opposition to our Justin.
commented 2018-06-12 20:04:43 -0400 · Flag
SPACE MOOSE deserves credit for this great little post.
“Look on the bright side. With Trump, we finally got some meaningful opposition to Trudeau.”

So true, It seems that even our best Conservatives are acting like Globalists.
commented 2018-06-12 19:06:35 -0400 · Flag
Trudeau s**t the bed, msm claiming he didn’t make a mess! Wow, paychecks over truth!
commented 2018-06-12 18:28:07 -0400 · Flag
I think junior has already sold Canada out to China. Hence destroying trade with the US.
commented 2018-06-12 17:33:35 -0400 · Flag
I LOVE THIS! The left is having a cow because they are powerless and not getting their way.
commented 2018-06-12 17:32:28 -0400 · Flag
Andrew you are such a pathetic left wing sheep. How about Trump shuts off the military umbrella. ANd of course you are too dense to understand when people do not bow and scrape to left wing insanity. As if the whole world should just take shit form SJW clowns. SORRY BUT NOT EVERYONE IS A SHEEP LIKE YOU!
commented 2018-06-12 17:29:02 -0400 · Flag
People need to read, The Art of the Deal, before they go apoplectic.
commented 2018-06-12 17:20:41 -0400 · Flag
ANDREW STEPHENSON commented 7 hours ago
Shut off Quebec’s power exports. Trumpey could use a bit of exercise climbing all those stairs to his penthouse in NYC.

Also, Trump doesn’t want our aluminum? Peachy. We’re their biggest supplier by far and they don’t have nearly enough domestic production to make up the difference. How long will their stockpile last before their factories shut down and they have to go begging to the Chinese for supplies? Too bad, so sad.
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Some good points, Mr. Babies-Are- Parasites. The problem with your solutions we still have to sell our product. If we don’t then we go broke. Its not that simple as just shutting it off.
commented 2018-06-12 16:14:45 -0400 · Flag
Everything in this country is for Quebec and has been for years, don’t be fooled, you will never fix this place as long as they pull the strings from the back rooms and I cant see that changing. The future is higher taxes less services (unless your in Quebec)and less freedoms that’s unless your a fruitcake on the fringe. Best thing is to plan to spend as little time here as possible and if you can leave for the USA permanently do it!
Thinking you can fix this place is tantamount to flogging a dead horse!
Its a waste of time!
commented 2018-06-12 15:08:30 -0400 · Flag
Trudeau, just the bane reeks TRAITOR!
commented 2018-06-12 14:42:12 -0400 · Flag
What’s next Trudumb? Nationalize the Auto Industry? Make Canadian Ladas?
Or Trabants?
commented 2018-06-12 13:32:58 -0400 · Flag
The smirk on Trumps face when True-uhh-uhh-DOH!!!… Mentioned “growing” the Middle Class said it all. One has actually done it. The other just talks about it.
commented 2018-06-12 13:31:53 -0400 · Flag
Ezra, you and Manny made great points. What’s been missing in most of the MSM, and hard to find anywhere else, is adult discussion/analysis of Trump’s actual position on trade and how Canada can avoid the disaster were now headed towards, thanks to the incompetence and stupidity of the Trudeau morons.

Consider making this video public, so we can spread it far and wide.

Thanks.
commented 2018-06-12 12:42:20 -0400 · Flag
They could have had an astronaut…
commented 2018-06-12 12:07:39 -0400 · Flag
Hyacinth – I’m an optimist, so I will keep trying to inform people. The older I get, and as I look back at what I missed along the way, by believing anything our educators, MSM, and politicians have lied about, makes my blood boil. The people who can’t see past the ends of their noses, will one day get a rude awakening. Reality will bite hard, and maybe that’s what is needed to correct this complacency. Canadians have slept while our politicians have conspired against us. I believe they will be judged for their treachery one day!
commented 2018-06-12 11:54:18 -0400 · Flag
Reagan, “Trade is an economic alliance that benefits both countries. There are no losers, only winners, and trade helps strengthen the free world.”
Trump wants ‘open’ trade, but understands the dangers of these large trade agreements which have become more about global governance than open trade. Trump is careful of his responsibility to his people. I don’t know how Canadians can fault him for that.
Shame on Kenney for highlighting only the last part of Reagan’s speech. Disingenuous.

Reagan calls protectionism “a cheap form of nationalism”. If Kenney thought Reagan’s address could be used as a cheap shot at Trump, he needs to listen to it again and be honest about what Trump is proposing – which is the opposite of ‘protectionism’. Gawd, no wonder this country is listing in the waters.
commented 2018-06-12 11:53:49 -0400 · Flag
If nothing else this ‘disagreement’ between Canada and the U.S. is tagging our cucks.

Ronald Voss, its like a parallel universe. Reagan was talking about truly free and open trade. One the free market regulates naturally. When Trump got in many cried, “but he’s a protectionist!”. He’s really not. Just like Reagan before him, he puts America first and I respect any leader who does that for their country. Trump puts America first, but wants tariff free, open trade, and if he can’t accomplish that, he won’t settle for less than fair balanced trade.
The wisdom of our current Canadian leaders tells them something else. As far as I’m concerned Canada is hiding behind the apron strings of the big boy globalists. Their ‘false’ bravado and pseudo patriotism is as authentic as the ‘respect’ they show to the people they govern. Our leaders do not put Canada first. It has been proven in their every move since they were elected.
commented 2018-06-12 11:33:53 -0400 · Flag
I do hope you are correct Deborah, but I still have doubts because a large percentage of Canadians really don’t care about anything outside of their field of vision (grazing on the grass at their feet). If they did there would have been, for example, a much larger turnout for the Ontario election. At 58% they are saying that was basically a fantastic turnout, that is sad not fantastic. People are very quick to complain but slow to do anything to rectify the problem, voting is one form of protest available to all Canadians, yet in Ontario only 58% chose to do something (voting) instead of just complaining. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink as the old saying goes.

https://globalnews.ca/news/4261937/ontario-election-turnout-58-per-cent/
“58% of those eligible voted in the Ontario election — a high not seen since 1999”
commented 2018-06-12 11:26:40 -0400 · Flag
- Trump is putting America first. Trudeau is putting globalism first. Trump sees the G7 meeting as a waste of time (which it was). Trudeau is the globalist’s useful idiot. They will be glad to pat him on the back as he runs Canada into the ground.

- If we had a government with any actual businesspeople in it we could sit down with the US & work out a win-win deal. Unfortunately, we have a government made up of activists & crooks. Trump basically saw the whole G7 meeting as a waste of his time & Trudeau made it into an even greater waste of time.