Statement from Andrew Wilkinson on U.S. tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel

VICTORIA (May 31, 2018) – Leader of the Official Opposition Andrew Wilkinson released the following statement on the imposition of U.S tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel today:

“President Donald Trump’s latest punitive trade measures are a direct threat to B.C.’s economy and thousands of good-paying jobs—and are completely illegal. 

“As we make our case, we need to work together. I look forward to working with the Prime Minister, Premier, industry leaders and unions to present a united front, and make sure President Trump knows he can’t divide and conquer.

“This dispute highlights why BC Liberal governments worked for 16 years to diversify our export markets, and reduce our vulnerability to a single major trading partner, and why it’s more urgent than ever to continue that work. 

“I look forward to visiting Rio Tinto in Kitimat next week to show support for B.C.’s aluminum industry and steelworkers, and let them know we have their backs.”