OTTAWA (Reuters) – If the United States re-imposes some tariffs on Canadian aluminum products, Canada will respond by slapping retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, a government source said on Thursday.
“We will react very similarly to the last (time they imposed) tariffs,” said the source, speaking shortly before Trump confirmed he was imposing punitive measures.
The source requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.
In June 2018, after Trump announced sanctions against Canadian steel and aluminum imports, Canada imposed punitive measures on C$16.6 billion ($12.5 billion) worth of American goods. Trump lifted the sanctions in 2019.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Additional reporting by Rama Venkat and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio)