Trump's 'rebalancing' of trade raises Canadians' ire

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump and TrudeauSome Canadians aren't happy with President Trump's tariffs and have decided to boycott the U.S. and its products.

Upset with tariffs on Canadian lumber, steel, and aluminum – not to mention President Trump's criticism of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – some Canadians are using hashtags such as #BoycottUSA, #BuyCanadian, and #VacationCanada to push products and places on their side of the border. USA Today says French equivalents are "bubbling among patriotic Canadians."

"I really don't feel comfortable supporting our neighbors," 42-year-old autism consultant Natalie McLellan tells USA Today. "It seems Trump and the politicians and the people of your country who stand behind him don't want to have a global community."

McLellan says she no longer stocks Heinz ketchup, Florida oranges, or any other foods that come from the U.S. at her home in LaSalle, Ontario.

Manning

"People have the right to make individual decisions – and if Canadians feel that making that decision makes sense to them, that's great, it's certainly within their rights," says Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government.

Are Americans who are concerned about U.S. products not being patriotic?

"For the past 50, 60 years, America has been the sucker in the game," says Manning, "and our economic growth has been siphoned off around the world. And now President Trump is attempting to rebalance that situation; not take it out of balance, but just rebalance it to some extent."

And while some center-right critics of Trump's tariffs say China ought to be more of the focus and not U.S. allies, Manning says it makes sense to look at other trade deals.

"NAFTA is a 25-year-old deal," he explains. "Let's see where countries are at now and re-adjust it to make it work."

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