Canadian Government Not Doing Enough To Protect Dominion’s SME’s From Trump Aluminium Tariffs: MP Ludwig

Canadian Government Not Doing Enough To Protect Dominion’s SME’s From Trump Aluminium Tariffs: MP Ludwig

Canadian elected officials are warning that government programs put into place to protect the dominion’s aluminium and steel firms are not sufficient despite assurances to the contrary by the Finance Ministry.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau spoke to the House international trade committee earlier this week, attesting that the actions taken by Ottawa have been effective to date.

“The measures we put in place are having a significant impact,” opined Morneau, saying that the measures are “demonstrably working.”

However, his fellow members of Parliament significantly differed from his perceptions.

Canada’s manufacturing sector is staring down the barrel of an “emergency situation … and the program they have in front of them, frankly, is broken,” said Conservative MP Colin Carrie.

“We’re sitting with CEOs of their companies that are telling us how urgent this is, and they need relief now,” said Carrie. He continued by advising the body that many of the dominion’s manufacturing firms are weighing a move overseas if relief is not soon to come.

According to NDP MP Tracey Ramsey, many Canadian manufacturers are reducing shifts and laying off workforce to stay afloat.

“What we’re doing isn’t working. We have to do something else,” she lamented. Ramsey said that the present framework for relief isn’t accessible for Canada’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

A similar sentiment was expressed across the aisle by Liberal MP Karen Ludwig.

“Small and medium enterprises (are) busy making payroll and it’s very hard (for them) to … know what they don’t know.”

Ludwig continued by inquiring whether the government has done anything to reach out to organizations like Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association and others who are in closer contact with Canada’s SMEs.

“I share your outrage,” Morneau assured fellow PMs, continuing by pointing out that the present situation is not of anyone’s preference, and that politicians in Ottawa have already taken “extraordinary action” to address the situation.

Correction: Due to an error in the source material, a previous version of this story incorrectly cited MP Karen Vecchio in the ninth paragraph and in the headline and not MP Ludwig. Both the source and this article have since been corrected.