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'Give your head a shake': Ontario premier blasts Trump's new U.S. tariffs

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he's disappointed in the president for potentially compromising a historically strong trade relationship with new U.S. tariffs.

Trump reimposing a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum from Canada

The Ontario premier promises to 'come out swinging' against the U.S. tariffs, likening the move to being backstabbed by a family member. 1:10

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is lashing out at U.S. President Donald Trump over his administration's new aluminum
tariffs.

Trump announced Thursday that he would be reimposing a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imported from Canada, saying the step was necessary to defend the U.S. aluminum industry.

Ford said he's disappointed in the president for potentially compromising a historically strong trade relationship.

He also noted Trump's decision comes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when industries around the world are struggling with ongoing economic fallout.

WATCH | Ford blasts Trump's new tariffs as 'unacceptable':

Ford said he's disappointed by the U.S. president's move, which comes in the middle of a pandemic. 'Who does this?' he asked. 0:51

In response, the premier is urging Ontario residents to "hit 'em where it hurts," describing the province and its consumer base as an economic powerhouse.

He says Ontario manufacturers should more aggressively label their goods as "made in Ontario" to help consumers buy local products.

WATCH | Ford urges consumers to buy local:

Ford says Canadian consumers can push back against U.S. tariffs by checking the label on goods and supporting local manufacturing. 0:57

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