TIMMINS - As retaliatory tariffs against the United States kick in on July 1, MP Charlie Angus is advising northerners to brace for what could become a potentially difficult trade war. Prices will increase on a number of products from pickles to household appliances. The north will not be immune from the impacts.
Angus has been talking with northern businesses that are bracing for the impact of Donald Trump's increasingly belligerent attitude to his trade allies in Canada and Europe. Recreational boat dealers will take a major hit.
"Boating is a huge summer past time in the north and the increased tariffs on boating imports will hurt northern businesses. It is vital that the federal government works with the affected sectors to soften the blow."
Earlier this year spring Trump shocked Canadian and US lawmakers when he claimed that Canada's steel and aluminum industries posed a national security risk. Trump has now turned his sights on the dairy sector. Angus says that if the government blinks it will have a huge impact on our region.
"Dairy farms are vital to the economy of Timmins - James Bay. Thanks to supply management we have sustainable family farms across our region. This is a system worth fighting for and pushing back against Trump's threats."
Angus says one of the positive impacts of the retaliatory tariffs is the increased cost of American beer.
"I will be doing my patriotic duty this summer by giving up American beer. Buying Canadian brew is just one way to tell Donald Trump that we're not blinking."