Canada Just Responded To Trump’s Threat – You’ve Never Heard Them Like This

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Trump picked a fight with the wrong country.

Last week, the president attacked Canada’s dairy industry and called Canada a “disgrace.” Today, he took things even further. He started off with an early morning Twitter rant, writing: “Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!”

Now, however, Canada has responded to Trump’s threat and has made it clear that they’re not about to mess around. After all “it’s not an accident that hockey is our national sport,” according to Foreign Affairs Minister Christia Freeland.

Freeland told CNN Money Tuesday:

‘When it comes to defending Canada’s economic interests, we’re going to play hard.’

She continued, adding:

‘We’re nice guys: Politeness is something we believe is a national virtue, but it’s not an accident that hockey is our national sport.

On Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order promoting agricultural responsibility and rural prosperity. He told a group of farmers present at the White House that Canada has essentially taken advantage of, or outsmarted our politicians for years:

‘People don’t realize, Canada has been very rough on the United States. Everyone thinks of Canada as being wonderful, and so do I. I love Canada. But they’ve outsmarted our politicians for many years, and you people understand that.’

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross echoed similar sentiments Monday evening, referencing the 20% tariff on Canadian soft lumber imports. He said, “things like this I don’t regard as being a good neighbor, dumping lumber.”

Ross went on to add:

‘It has been a bad week for U.S.-Canada trade relations. Last Monday, it became apparent that Canada intends to effectively cut off the last dairy products being exported from the United States. Today, in a different matter, the Department of Commerce determined a need to impose countervailing duties of roughly one billion dollars on Canadian softwood lumber exports to us. This is not our idea of a properly functioning Free Trade Agreement.’

Ross also alleged that Canada had been subsidizing lumber companies in order for them to sell wood to the U.S. market at lower prices. According to Freeland, however, that’s not at all the case. She went on to add that Trump’s tariffs would, in the end, cause the price of homes increase by $3000-$4000. She said:

‘The big losers in the softwood lumber dispute are American consumers. This is going to cost middle-class families who want to buy a house a lot of money.’

Freeland went on to insinuate that the U.S. is in for one heck of a legal battle, given the fact that Canada has won every single course case against the U.S. involving lumber tariffs.

Both the Bush and Obama administration’s implemented temporary tariffs on Canadian lumber, however, the World Trade Organization took Canada’s side in a 2004 legal battle, ruling that the Great White North wasn’t actually trading unfairly.

Freelance’s comments coincided with tweets from Canada’s official trade Twitter account, which touted the country’s lumber exports to several Asian countries, including China.

A subsequent tweet echoed similar sentiments to Freeland, writing:

It looks like Trump is in for quite a fight, and just months before Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. are expected to renegotiate NAFTA. Yikes!

Watch Freeland’s comments in the video below, via CNN Money:

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