Canada hints at punishing Trump’s businesses in response to tariffs

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According to Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, she is not ruling out potential retaliatory sanctions against the Trump Organization. This would be in response to Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.



Freeland stated this during a questioning session about whether Canada will target Trump’s businesses instead of the American people as a response to the tariffs.

She was asked, “To apply further pressure, has the government considered retaliatory sanctions targeting the Trump organization rather than the American people?”

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The lawmaker who asked her the question was Regina-Lewvan MP Erin Weir, who cited the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act. The act that was cited is used to allow Ottawa to sanction foreign nationals who are corrupt.

When she answered the question, she did not reject the notion of retaliatory sanctions. She did note that the tariffs against Canada, Mexico, and other nations were “illegal and unjustified.”




She added, “We are now in a consultation period. We welcome ideas from all Canadians on what should and what should not be in our retaliation list.”

The possibility of sanctions against the Trump Organization comes as tensions rise between the U.S. and Canada. It all started with Trump insulting the Canadian Prime Minister after the G-7 summit.

 

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