Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Premier, Winnipeg Mayor Want 'Cooler Heads' in Boeing-Bombardier Spat

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Premier, Winnipeg Mayor Want 'Cooler Heads' in Boeing-Bombardier Spat

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Manitoba want 'cooler heads' in Boeing-Bombardier spat


WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is calling for more cooler heads and less overheated rhetoric in the burgeoning aerospace trade war centred around Boeing and Bombardier.

It was a plea that was immediately rebuffed by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard who has said "not a bolt, not a part, of course not a plane of Boeing" should enter Canada until the conflict is resolved.

"I will not tone down. I will tone up if I need to do it," Couillard said Thursday at Bombardier's assembly plant in Mirabel, north of Montreal. "I will fight for Quebec."

The Quebec premier has called on Ottawa to take a hard line against Boeing after the U.S. Department of Commerce proposed a hefty 219 per cent duty on jets manufactured by rival Bombardier.

The department's preliminary findings say Bombardier benefited from improper government subsidies, giving it an unfair advantage when selling its C-Series jets south of the border.

"It's an unacceptable attack towards an industry, a province and a country and we shall prevail," Couillard said.

Earlier in the day, Pallister said Couillard's emotional call for a Boeing boycott is understandable, but not helpful.

"That overheated rhetoric and emotional language, though understandable because of the concerns the premier has .... is not necessarily as helpful as cooler heads and a demonstration of an understanding that our trade is a very important mutual benefit to Canadian and US economies," Pallister said Thursday after an announcement in Morden, Man.

"I would always be one who promotes open trade and encourage all to remember that there are mutual benefits in our relationships."

The Manitoba capital is home to a Boeing manufacturing facility that employs 1,400 people and is the third biggest aerospace centre in the country. …

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