Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Industries Concerned about Knock-On Effects of Bombardier Tariffs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Industries Concerned about Knock-On Effects of Bombardier Tariffs

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Industries concerned about U.S. trade action

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CALGARY - The U.S. Department of Commerce's decision this week to slap major tariffs on Bombardier has raised concerns about ripple effects across Canada's trade exposed industries.

Jean Simard, president of the Aluminium Association of Canada, said the decision to impose duties of 220 per cent on Bombardier's CSeries jets creates uncertainty across the manufacturing sector, including those supplying raw materials.

"This very strong signal of enforcement by the U.S. administration adds up to a very volatile business environment, which nobody likes."

He said the aggressive move threatens to disrupt the well-integrated manufacturing processes, with industries like aluminum smelting possibly hit by collateral damage from the trade talks.

"When you start tweaking the rules, the complexity of the consequences can be phenomenal," said Simard.

"Any decision of this kind certainly sends a tremor through the supply chain throughout North America."

Unifor president Jerry Dias said the Bombardier tariff is the latest U.S. move against many of Canada's key industries.

"They're going after Bombardier, they're talking about steel, aluminum, so there's a whole bunch of balls in the air right now."

"They are going after the heart of so many of our industries, so ultimately we need to find a remedy, and I would suggest that has to be fairly quickly before this thing continues to digress," said Dias.

The concerns for business come as the third round of North American free trade talks wrapped up in Ottawa Wednesday, with little progress on key issues like domestic content requirements in manufacturing.

Canadian softwood-lumber producers have already felt the impact of the tactics with the U.S. imposing tariffs on imports earlier this year.

A spokesman for the Forest Products Association of Canada said the group had no comment on what the Bombardier tariffs might mean for their efforts to resolve their impasse with the U.S.

Bernard Wolf, an economics professor at York University's Schulich School of Business, said the U. …

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