Netizen 24 CAN: Wynne urges Ford and Horwath to join her and fight back against Trump's tariffs

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Wynne urges Ford and Horwath to join her and fight back against Trump's tariffs

Thu., May 31, 2018

ORLEANS, ONT.â€"Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne is calling on her campaign rivals Doug Ford and Andrea Horwath to join in a push for “the toughest set of retaliatory measures possible” after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

“The time for talk is done. Donald Trump is a bully,” Wynne, who in the past has compared Ford to Trump, said Thursday at a franco-Ontarian community centre in this Ottawa suburb. The election is June 7 and Wynne remains in third place in the polls.

Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne serves ice cre   am during a campaign stop in Toronto on May 30, 2018. Wynne has urged the federal government to take a tough stand against the steel and aluminum tariffs introduced by the U.S.
Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne serves ice cream during a campaign stop in Toronto on May 30, 2018. Wynne has urged the federal government to take a tough stand against the steel and aluminum tariffs introduced by the U.S.

“This is not the action of an ally or an economic partner,” she added. “This is an action that…will hurt jobs in the United States as well as across Canada and in Ontario.”

Wynne said the Trudeau government in Ottawa should make a “swift and sharp response” after Thursday’s move from Washington, a day before a tariff exemption for steel and aluminum was about to expire.

“I have to believe that these trade barriers will be repealed but until that point we must make it clear that it is unacceptable…we have to send a s ignal to Donald Trump…that Canada will not be your doormat, Ontario will not be your doormat.”

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“I’m calling on (PC Leader) Doug Ford and (NDP Leader) Andrea Horwath to join with me given that we’re in an election campaign. Ontario has to show a united front.”

Horwath said the tariffs are “devastating” and will put jobs at risk at steel plants in her hometown of Hamilton, at Alcan in Kingston and other companies in Nanticoke, Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie.

“Whatever Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau have been doing isn’t working and the consequences are unthinkable,” she added in a statement.

Ford pledged to “work with the federal government to resolve these trade issues and make Ontario open for business again.”

“We must work domestically to make Ontario and Canada more competitive,” he added in a statement.

Wynne also said the federal government must help Ontario with mea sures to “protect, support and sustain the steel-making jobs in our province until these ridiculous and unwarranted trade actions are repealed.”

The new tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum came a day after Wynne made a campaign stop at Stelco in Hamilton â€" in the riding Horwath represents â€" suggesting the NDP leader’s ties to unions mean she doesn’t have the chops to deal with major trade issues.

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Premier since 2013, Wynne frequently mentions she has met with 37 U.S. state governors along with senators, members of congress and Trump administration officials to keep trade lanes open amid a growing wave of protectionism south of the border since Trump was elected.

Wynne acknowledged her tough talk about the NDP’s labour ties, and raising concerns about Horwath’s refusal to consider back-to-work legislation in garbage and teacher strikes, has some unions accusing her of an all-out attack on organized labour .

“I know that’s the position some of the labour unions are taking,” she said, referring in part to a decision of the public high school teachers’ union to pull front-line support for her and other Liberal candidates in Toronto.

Wynne maintained she is not out to denigrate unions â€" “it’s just not in my DNA” â€" but insisted Horwath’s position against back-to-work legislation if public sector strikes drag on is “irrational” and shows she is “blindly beholden” to unions.

“The organized labour movement in the western world has contributed enormously to our democracy. But I also believe that when the collective bargaining process has not worked…government has to have a tool to get people back to work.”

“I’m sorry, I’m disappointed that there are some unions and federations that see that rational…position… as an attack on them.”

The remarks came during Wynne’s third visit to Ottawa in the election campaign, where cabinet ministers Bob Chiarelli and Yasir Naqvi are in tough fights to hold their seats with the PCs and NDP sitting atop public opinion polls.

Her stop was in Ottawa-Orleans, where cabinet minister Marie-France Lalonde won by a landslide in 2014 but is in a tighter race this time.

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