Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau was forced to issue a warning on behalf of Canada to Donald Trump yesterday, after Trump used the Defense Production Act Thursday to seize N95 respirators from 3M that were headed to Canada and Latin America. Trump has now ignored that warning, forcing Canada to retaliate, as we will cover later in this post.
PM Trudeau told Trump that preventing critically needed supplies from getting to Canada was a “mistake” that could lead to “blockages” and would “reduce the amount of back and forth trade of essential goods and services, including medical goods, across our border.” It was a nice way of saying that Canada will retaliate by matching Trump’s move and holding back the supplies we buy from them.
How did Trump respond to this warning? By expanding his seizing of critical medical supplies and using the Defense Production Act again! Last night the White House confirmed in a statement that Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act once again Friday night, which will allow the Trump administration to prevent the export of surgical masks and gloves.
“Today’s order is another step in our ongoing fight to prevent hoarding, price gouging, and profiteering by preventing the harmful export of critically needed PPE,” the White House said in the statement. “It will help ensure that needed PPE is kept in our country and gets to where it is needed to defeat the virus.”
Trump’s move would only make sense if the United States manufactured everything we need. But we don’t! At the same time Trump expanded the seizure of products, Canadian Premier Doug Ford announced Canada’s first action in retaliation, and it’s not good.
“I just can’t stress how disappointed I am at President Trump for making this decision,” Ford said late yesterday. “We’re the closest trading partners anywhere in the world. I understand, he’s thinking ‘I need to take care of my own people’ but we’re connected.”
“In saying that, I’m not going to rely on President Trump, I’m not going to rely on any prime minister of any country ever again. Our manufacturing, we’re gearing up and once they start, we’re never going to stop them. We’ll make sure we supply everyone in Canada, not just Ontario. We are the manufacturing engine in this country and we’re going to step up.” You can see his statements in the footage below.
Just look at what Donald Trump has gotten us into. This is not funny. Canada is now going to start making their own things and stop exporting products to us that we need. Ford was reserved but made it clear that he is not happy with Trump and that this is all Trump’s fault.
There is nothing we can’t manufacture right here in Ontario. As long as I’m Premier, I will do everything I can to make sure that the health and safety of Ontarians does not lie outside of our great province. pic.twitter.com/e9SZ5g283h
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) April 4, 2020