Chrystia Freeland, who marshalled Canada’s troops during the North American trade wars of 2017-19, revisited her greatest rhetorical hits when she returned to the field of battle last week, threatening to hit back if Donald Trump goes ahead with punitive duties on Canadian aluminum this weekend, which he surely will.
“We do not escalate, we do not back down,” Freeland, now the deputy prime minister, said (again) in front of cameras in Ottawa on Aug. 7.
The suggestion that an alleged surge in unwrought aluminum from the Canadian operations of global behemoths such as Alcoa Corp. and Rio Tinto Ltd. represents a threat to American security was “absurd,” just as it was when the United States targeted Canadian metal in the spring of 2018 on the same grounds.
“I think Canadians will agree with me, it’s very important to react,” Freeland said.
So here we go again.
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