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 âthe toughest set of retaliatory measures possibleâ after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.
âThe time for talk is done. Donald Trump is a bully,â 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.
âThis is not the action of an ally or an economic partner,â she added. âThis is an action thatâ¦will hurt jobs in the United States as well as across Canada and in Ontario.â
Wynne said the Trudeau government in Ottawa should make a âswift and sharp responseâ after Thursdayâs move from Washington, a day before a tariff exemption for steel and aluminum was about to expire.
âI have to believe that these trade barriers will be repealed but until that point we must make it clear that it is unacceptableâ¦we have to send a s ignal to Donald Trumpâ¦that Canada will not be your doormat, Ontario will not be your doormat.âArticle Continued Below
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âIâm calling on (PC Leader) Doug Ford and (NDP Leader) Andrea Horwath to join with me given that weâre in an election campaign. Ontario has to show a united front.â
Horwath said the tariffs are âdevastatingâ 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.
âWhatever Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau have been doing isnât working and the consequences are unthinkable,â she added in a statement.
Ford pledged to âwork with the federal government to resolve these trade issues and make Ontario open for business again.â
âWe must work domestically to make Ontario and Canada more competitive,â he added in a statement.
Wynne also said the federal government must help Ontario with mea sures to âprotect, support and sustain the steel-making jobs in our province until these ridiculous and unwarranted trade actions are repealed.â
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 leaderâs ties to unions mean she doesnât have the chops to deal with major trade issues.Article Continued Below
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 NDPâs labour ties, and raising concerns about Horwathâs 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 .
âI know thatâs the position some of the labour unions are taking,â she said, referring in part to a decision of the public high school teachersâ union to pull front-line support for her and other Liberal candidates in Toronto.
Wynne maintained she is not out to denigrate unions â" âitâs just not in my DNAâ â" but insisted Horwathâs position against back-to-work legislation if public sector strikes drag on is âirrationalâ and shows she is âblindly beholdenâ to unions.
âThe 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 workedâ¦government has to have a tool to get people back to work.â
âIâm sorry, Iâm disappointed that there are some unions and federations that see that rationalâ¦positionâ¦ as an attack on them.â
The remarks came during Wynneâs 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.Read more about: TOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX.NEW NEWSLETTERHEADLINESSIGN UPSource: Google News