A look at the numbers behind Ottawa’s tariff reprisal against Trump


OTTAWA — The sweeping Canadian retaliation against Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs has been carefully crafted in hopes of hitting the U.S. president where it hurts.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s counter-tariffs will take effect Sunday — a month after the Trump administration slapped duties on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other allies.

Canada’s response is set to include imposing tariffs on selected consumer products that come from a wide range of sectors — from hair lacquers, to ballpoint pens, to maple syrup.

Ottawa released its finalized lineup Friday of items that will be hit by Canadian tariffs.

Here’s a rundown of some of the states and products in the crosshairs of the retaliatory measures using Canadian government numbers. The figures are based on 2017 data from Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Some of the states set to be hit hardest by Canada’s tariffs, based on how much of the targeted consumer products they shipped north in 2017:

Ohio — $1.15 billion

New York — $1.12 billion

Wisconsin — $820 million

Illinois — $780 million

Pennsylvania — $646 million

Washington — $629 million

California — $529 million

Tennessee — $453 million

Michigan — $432 million

Value of 2017 imports from U.S. for some of the products targeted by Canada’s preliminary tariffs:

Herbicides — $1.13 billion

Motorboats, rowboats, canoes and other pleasure boats — $646 million

Coffee, roasted — $525 million

Mayonnaise, salad dressing, mixed condiments — $522 million

Fungicides — $418 million

Ketchup and other tomato sauces — $264 million

Organic facewash — $229 million

Soups and broths — $204 million

Whiskey — $62 million

Maple sugar and maple syrup — $17 million

Ballpoint pens — $3.5 million

Andy Blatchford and Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press