With a Twitter update posted on the day before Americans gathered to celebrate their independence, the Conservative Party of Canada made it clear that their leadership will work with the federal government to remove the arbitrary trade tariffs imposed by United States President Donald Trump.
Canada’s Conservatives’ top priority is to have these tariffs removed on Canadian steel and aluminum. We will continue to work with Government of Canada and bring forward concrete ideas to defend local jobs. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/t5tV7HrPcJ
— Conservative Party (@CPC_HQ) July 3, 2018
Even though the Tories are the current opposition party, they are showing political maturity by offering to collaborate with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his effort to stand up against the global trade war started by Trump earlier this year. The Conservatives had already launched a Defend Local Jobs tour before PM Trudeau took action against Trump by imposing nearly $13 billion in tariffs on American products.
The Conservatives have been closely monitoring the jobs situation in the wake of the tariffs that Trump imposed on Canadian aluminum and steel, two raw materials that represent thousands of factory jobs around the country; when an Ontario company announced that it would begin laying off workers because the Trump tariffs would squeeze their finances, the Tories denounced the situation on social media, reaffirming their willingness to work with Ottawa on this issue.
A news media release published by the Tories in late June explained that the Defend Local Jobs tour was organized based on a report by TD Bank economists who expect one in five Canadian jobs would be at risk of being cut due to the Trump tariffs. At that time, the Conservatives mentioned that PM Trudeau’s office had failed to plan accordingly for a trade war that the unstable Trump had previously hinted at.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.