Relations between Canada and the United States are weaker than ever. “: Outur

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole said relations between Canada and the United States haven’t reached that low in recent decades, endangering the Canadian economy and some of its major sectors. Stated.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Mr. Outur said Canada’s influence as a strategic trading partner has weakened with its southern neighbors, putting the Liberal Party government accountable.

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Conservative Prime Minister Erin O’Toole spoke at a press conference in Ottawa on January 17, 2022. (Canada Press / Justin Tan)

“We have lost, lost, and lost in agriculture, steel and aluminum, automobiles, and softwood. We have never seen Canada-US relations so weak and poor.”

The Epoch Times asked the Prime Minister’s Office for comment, but did not respond by the time it was announced.

Canada was recently excluded from a new alliance between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom centered on the acquisition of nuclear submarines. At a meeting related to the alliance with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September 2021, US President Joe Biden said his country “has no close or credible ally to Australia.” Its status is traditionally reserved for Canada.

On the trade side, there have been many issues between the two countries in recent years.

Washington almost doubled tariffs on Canadian softwood in November 2021 based on the belief that the Canadian timber industry is backed by the federal government. Ottawa is challenging that position.

Canada also challenges the Biden administration’s $ 12,500 incentive for Americans to buy domestic electric vehicles. This puts Canadian EVs at a disadvantage.

On January 4, the Conflict Commission discovered that Canada’s dairy supply controls violated the Canada-US-Mexico Free Trade Agreement.

Cost of living

O’Toole said supply chain challenges have already increased Canadians’ living expenses and blamed the government’s move to raise Canadian pension and employment insurance premiums this year. “

The global supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19 has been exacerbated recently as more workers become isolated when infected with Omicron and the federal government imposes vaccine obligations on all truck drivers.

“Currently, Canada is in danger of living costs. Housing, it is not possible to buy a home in some parts of Canada. Rents are rising dramatically. Food costs are rising. , An additional $ 1,000 of groceries is expected this year. Gas, all everyday necessities are up, “he said.

“Mr. Trudeau is raising your salary, your salary,” he said.

Statistics Canada announced on January 19 that inflation rose to 4.8% in December. This is a pace not seen since September 1991.

The growth in the consumer price index was driven by a 5.7% year-on-year increase in food prices, the largest increase in 10 years, with housing prices 9.3% compared to December 2020. It has risen.

Mr. Outur also expressed concern that the Liberal Party government may be planning to implement a housing tax.

“at first, [the federal government is] I’m going to suggest that it’s a way to control [the] It’s a housing crisis, but this is the way most Canadians save for retirement, “said Autour.

“So the minister will say that the government hasn’t seen these things, and then we see many studies funded by the federal government seeing exactly this.”

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Minister of Housing, Diversity and Inclusion Ahmed Hussen will stand up during the question period on December 16, 2021 at the House of Commons on the Parliamentary Hill in Ottawa. (Canada Press / Patrick Doyle)

Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen denied that the federal government enjoyed the idea of ​​implementing a housing tax.

“The Government of Canada is not considering claiming capital gains on primary homes. This has not been considered by our government. Other proposals are false,” said the family, children and society at the time. A statement by Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Development, in July 2020.

Fussen’s comment is Blackrock Reporter A $ 250,000 study commissioned by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) looked at ways to introduce stock taxes into people’s primary homes.

A recent report released on January 5 by CMHC-funded laboratory Generation Squeeze recommends that the federal government implement a housing mortgage tax.

“We will set a reasonable price for home inequality caused by runaway home prices through an annual (deferrable) gradual additional tax on the top 10% of homes worth more than $ 1 million.” The report states.

Mr Autur said Canadians should be wary if the federal government cannot curb spending.

“We know that many of them want to tax your home,” he said.

Tammy Hung, Vivian Yu, Omid Ghoreishi, Rahul Vaidyanath, and Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.