Ontario Premier Doug Ford sent a warning shot south of the border over possible tariffs on aluminum.
Numerous reports suggest Washington is considering reimposing tariffs on Canadian metals.
“Economically, we’re going to war,” Ford said during his closing remarks of Friday’s daily COVID-19 news briefing.
“We may be small, but we’re your number one customer, remember that … don’t forget that,” Ford warned U.S. President Donald Trump.
“We’re coming out swinging,” Ford added.
The threat of tariffs comes just a week after Canada, the United States and Mexico signed off on a new free trade deal that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed his concerns about the threat of extra tariffs on aluminum.
“This is something that again is a little difficult to understand because the United States relies heavily on imports of Canadian aluminum,” Trudeau said on Wednesday.
Stage 3 announcement coming next week?
The province appears to be inching closer to Stage 3 of its phased reopening plan as Ontario reported 116 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
“We’re going to be very cautious about opening up but eventually we’ll get there,” Ford said. “We’re having some great announcements next week, you just have to stay tuned,” he added.
Ford has previously announced opening dates on Mondays.
Ford toured a number of businesses in the GTA today, touting the 378,000 jobs Ontario added in June.
“As we recover from the worst economic downturn of our lifetime … as we brace for what the future might hold, now more than ever we need to support our own,” Ford said.
The premier announced a new program called Ontario Made, launched by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME).
Minister of Economic Development, Vic Fedeli said they created one website that allows consumers to identify and purchase local products.
“As the province reopens and the economy recovers, it is now more important than ever to support and promote Ontario’s world-class manufacturing sector and get people back to work. By supporting Ontario manufacturing, consumers are buying quality, locally made products,” Fedeli said in a release.