It’s perhaps the strongest criticism yet to come from the Clark government on the incoming Trump administration: the Finance Minister says “worried” about the looming “forces of protectionism.”
President Elect Donald Trump has been signalling a much more protectionist trade ahead of his taking office.
And Mike de Jong says that’s the rhetoric he’s worried about.
"I'm worried" de Jong tells me about incoming #Trump admin. "Forces of protectionism," he calls prevailing mood emerging from the US
— Jeremy Lye (@JJLye980) January 10, 2017
“And we know this for a fact. There are protectionists in the U.S. who have repeatedly sought to deny American consumers access to the best forest products in a world that we produce more efficiently than anyone else; they don’t like the competition.”
De Jong says the federal government need to hold their ground when dealing with the next U.S. president.
“It’s why Premier Clark and the Clark government continue to work closely with Prime Minister Trudeau, we’ve indicated that as a trade issue it should be number one.”
Several U.S. lumber groups have been railing against Canadian imports, slamming them as unfair to their own domestic market, with the B.C. government protesting they’ve always operated within the rules.
De Jong was speaking to media to confirm and defend the raising of the homeowners grant threshold from $1.2 to $1.6 million.