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June 21, 2018 Salam Toronto Weekly English Tory calls for emergency debate on Canada U.S. trade G OTTAWA _ The official Opposition is calling for an emergency debate in the House of Commons over the future of Canada-U.S. trade _ but Speaker Geoff Regan is having none of it. Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole says Canadians need to see their elected OTTAWA _ U.S. President Donald Trump is accusing Canadians of buying products south of the border, then sneaking them back home _ all because of what he calls ``massive'' tariffs on American goods. Trump, speaking to a gathering of small business owners in Washington, is railing again against the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying the U.S. can no longer afford to be the ``stupid country.'' He says Canada imposes such onerous tariffs on U.S. products _ shoes, for instance _ that people are representatives addressing what is the biggest economic crisis in their lifetime. On July 1, Canada is set to impose retaliatory tariffs of $16.6 billion on U.S. products after President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on aluminum and steel, and has threatened more to come on automobiles. ``Tariff imposition of this nature would be devastating for the auto industry in Ontario,'' O'Toole said. ``There has never been such a looming threat to the Canadian economy than the threat we're looking at now.'' Regan, however, has rejected O'Toole's plea. The Trump administration has already imposed punishing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, using national security as a justification. The Canadian Press Trump accuses Canadiansof smuggling U.S. goods home forced to ``scuff 'em up'' in order to ``smuggle'' them home. Trump says he's looking out for American farmers and manufacturers, and again takes issue with Canada's supply management system for dairy farmers. His comments as the official Opposition calls for an emergency debate in the House of Commons over the future of the Canada-U.S. trade. Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole says Canadians need to see their elected representatives addressing what is the biggest economic crisis in their lifetime _ but Commons Speaker Geoff Regan says the issue doesn't meet the requirements for an emergency debate. On July 1, Canada is set to impose retaliatory tariffs of $16.6billiononU.S. products afterTrump slapped tariffs on aluminumand steel _ and he has threatened more to come on automobiles. The Canadian Press

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