U.S.-Canada Trade War A Concern For Windsorites

Devonshire Mall, June 28, 2018. Photo by Alyssa Leonard.

Many Windsorites are upset over the current U.S.-Canada trade war.

Blackburn News recently took to the streets and surveyed people around Devonshire Mall. Of those surveyed, 80% said either yes or maybe to whether the new tariffs will affect the way they spend their money.

Jim Uhrik, a retired Chrysler worker, says he will be changing his spending habits to Canadian only.

“These tariffs aren’t going to help a thing,” says Uhrik. “It’s going to cost Canadians jobs. I don’t want that. Simple.”

Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed a 25% tariff on Canadian steel and a 10% tariff on aluminium.

Starting July 1, Canada will impose their own 25% and 10% surtaxes on a variety of more than 120 consumer goods, including Canada’s own tariff on U.S. steel and aluminium.

Windsorite Ron Price says he already buys more Canadian products than American.

“If [Donald Trump] wants to act like that — I won’t support the states if the states are going to start moving against their allies and doing things that are gonna economically crush other countries,” says Price.

But some Windsorites, like James Eagen, are interested in seeing how the tariffs will play out first.

“I’m not going to change the way I spend my money,” says Eagen. “I think there is a lot of concerns right now, and I think it’s like when somebody yells fire in a big room, and everybody runs. I think we need to take a deep breath and see how it plays out, and see how this is going to affect our lives.”

According to Canada’s Department of Finance, these countermeasures and surtaxes will remain until the U.S. eliminates its trade-restrictive measures against Canada.

—This article was written by Alyssa Leonard, a BlackburnNews.com intern and a recent graduate of the journalism program at St. Clair College in Windsor.