Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford to meet with industry reps on NAFTA
|National Post 13 Jun 2018 at 06:27|
TORONTO â Premier-designate Doug Ford will meet with industry representatives Wednesday to discuss NAFTA negotiations as the trade talks appear increasingly troubled.
The meeting comes just days after Ford said he stands âshoulder to shoulderâ with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was the subject of a Twitter tirade from U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend.
Trump called Trudeau âweak and dishonestâ after the G7 summit in Quebec on Sunday, apparently angered over comments the prime minister made during a press conference when he objected to American tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum last month.
Ford said Sunday that his top priority is to protect jobs in Ontario, including those of steel and aluminum workers in the province.
Trump has also taken issue with Canadaâs supply management system for dairy farmers and threatened to imposed 25 per cent tariffs on auto imports from Canada, a move that would hurt Ontarioâs manufacturing sector.
On Thursday, Ford will sit down with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canadian ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton for a briefing on the NAFTA talks.
âI can tell you on the trade deal south of the border, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the prime minister and our federal counterparts,â Ford said Sunday. âMy number one priority is to protect jobs in Ontario, especially protect the steel workers, aluminum workers.â
Ford also told reporters that he would be sitting down with federal officials to discuss the trade deal.
âWeâre going to stand united,â he said. âI know all provinces should be standing united with our federal counterparts and weâll deal with that.â
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