Tensions are relatively high between the USA and Canada as of late, however, after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, prompting Mr. Trudeau's government to introduce retaliatory tariffs scheduled to take effect on July 1.
President Trump's tariffs on Canadian products and attacks against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have prompted the mayor of Ottawa, the country's capital and fourth-largest city, to skip an invite-only Fourth of July party being held at the USA ambassador's residence next week. Canada buys more American steel than any other country in the world, accounting for 50 per cent of USA exports.
Canada has made a decision to impose a tariff of 25% on a host of steel and aluminium products and 10% on goods, including pizza, quiche, whiskies, toilet paper and inflatable boats.
The United States has a $2 billion trade surplus on iron and steel products, and Canada buys more American steel than any other country, accounting for 50 percent of U.S. exports, Freeland said.
Freeland said there are no grounds for further United States tariffs in response to Canada's actions.
A month later the trade turmoil continues, however, with Trump and his officials taking aim at Trudeau personally, as well as other Canadian industries over what the USA president calls unfair trade practices. Canada announced Friday, June 29, billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against the U.S.in response to the Trump administration's duties on Canadian steel and aluminum, saying Friday it won't back down.
"We will not escalate and we will not back down", she said, while noting that this trade action was the strongest Ottawa has taken since World War II.
"This is a perfectly reciprocal action", Freeland said.
The list of products is meant to match "dollar for dollar" the U.S. tariffs, which came into effect on 1 June, Ms Freeland said.
"I think that prediction has been borne out", she said. "Having said that our approach from day one of the [North American Free Trade Agreement] negotiations has been to hope for the best but prepare for the worst".
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Of critical importance to my riding and all affected Canadian organizations, is the announcement of up to $2 billion to defend and protect the interests of Canadian workers and businesses in the steel, aluminum and manufacturing industries.
In a blow to Trump earlier this week, iconic American motorcycle company Harley-Davidson announced it would move some production overseas to avoid European Union tariffs imposed in response to U.S. steel and aluminum duties.
On support for businesses and workers, Friday's federal package includes similar measures to those offered by Ottawa previous year in response USA duties on softwood lumber products from Canada.
Overall, Ujczo said Canada's retaliatory tariffs have been baked into the White House's calculus for months. "We support that", he said.
It reached new depths at the recent G7 summit when Trump abruptly rejected the joint statement and insulted his Canadian host, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The Canadian tariffs are created to hit products like steel and bourbon from states like OH and Kentucky that heavily favored Trump in the presidential election. At the time, he lamented what he framed as a necessity to strike back at Canada's largest trading partner, and called the USA tariffs "an affront" to a country whose soldiers have fought and died alongside Americans. Steel and aluminum exports to the United States were worth €3.58 billion in 2017.
Ms Freeland said the discussions continue and will heat up again after the Mexican election on Sunday. "I think all of us, at this point, fully anticipate there will be some moments of drama in the future".
Bains, the economic development minister, said the support is aimed at helping firms adjust to the hard circumstances while enabling them to continue to innovate along the way.