TheStar.com quotes Toronto/Ottawa lawyer Clifford Sosnow in an article about how Canada is firing back after Donald Trump’s revives trade spat.
Clifford Sosnow, a partner and chair of the international trade and investment group at the law firm Fasken, said the only way to show an increase in aluminum exports to the U.S. is to look at a “small snapshot” of April, May and June. That makes Trump’s tariff decision look like a politically motivated move ahead of the U.S. presidential election, he told the Star on Friday.
At the same time, Sosnow said Freeland and the Canadian government are also making a political decision to respond to the tariffs — one that will raise prices on Canadian consumers if they end up imposing the planned retaliatory tariffs.
“The problem with retaliation by both the president and the prime minister is the people that get hurt the most are the people that are the consumers, because everything just costs more now. And so a can of beer, a can of pop — anything that uses aluminum… is just that much more expensive,” he said.