Statement by Member of Parliament Sonia Sidhu on US-Imposed Tariffs and G7 Summit
Brampton – As the Member of Parliament for Brampton South, I have had the unique privilege of being able to sit down with Canadians from across the country and hear their stories, their struggles, and their hopes and dreams for the future. A better future is dependent on every Canadian having the tools and opportunities needed to succeed, and requires our government to remain committed in standing up for Canadian workers and Canadian businesses.
The recently imposed tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel by the US administration are unacceptable and in response our government has announced retaliatory measures. Dollar for dollar, we will be imposing countermeasure tariffs up to $16.6 billion against the import of steel, aluminum, and other products from the US for every dollar levied against Canadians by the US administration. These countermeasures will take effect on July 1st and remain in place until the U.S. eliminates its trade-restrictive measures against our country.
As our Prime Minister said, we have to believe that at some point common sense will prevail, and until that time comes we will continue standing up for Canadian workers and Canadian businesses.
Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, provided a reason for Canadians to remain optimistic as our countries reaffirmed our shared commitment to values like liberty, respect for human rights, and the rule of law, in addition to our commitments toward promoting democratic values, free and open trade, and gender equality.
The Charlevoix G7 summit hosted in our nation this past weekendallowed Canada to reaffirm its commitment in the fight against climate change, and provided an opportunity to demonstrate Canadian values of respect, diversity, and inclusion to the world. As technologies and markets evolve, Canada will work with its G7 partners in preparing our citizens and industries for the jobs of the future and ensuring that opportunities created by the economy of tomorrow are available to all.
I encourage my constituents to continue sharing their concerns and feedback with me and I will continue to listen and advocate on their behalf on the issues that matter most to them.