Quebec premier outlines plan to push back against protectionist U.S. policies


Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will be heading to the United States next week to push back against U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade policies.

Couillard told reporters today he’ll be in Washington D.C. Tuesday to meet with elected officials and Trump administration representatives to denounce U.S. tariffs imposed on Canadian lumber, newsprint, steel and aluminum.

The premier says his government is also introducing a series of measures to counter Trump’s policies.

Couillard says his efforts are twofold: denounce the tariffs and then mitigate their impact.

Part of the strategy will be to find markets outside the U.S. for Quebec products.

Couillard adds Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford responded positively to his request for the two provinces to work together to stand up to the Trump administration.


The Canadian Press