Trudeau government requests NAFTA review of tariffs on solar panels

Global Affairs Canada says the tariffs have hurt workers in the clean energy sector on both sides of the border


The Trudeau government has asked for a NAFTA review of a Trump administration tariff on solar panel cells, saying the 30-per-cent charge is illegal and unfair.

The Liberal government considers the latest trade challenge a part of its broader defense of the international-rules based trading order — something U.S. President Donald Trump is regularly accused of undermining with his “America First” protectionist policies.

The request Monday for a review under NAFTA’s chapter 20 provision comes one day after Mexico’s president-elect publicized a letter to Trump, calling for a reboot of the talks towards a new three-way continental trade pact.

Global Affairs Canada said the tariff has hurt workers in the clean energy sector on both sides of the border.

“Canada is a strong supporter of rules-based international trade and looks to its trade partners to also uphold their international obligations,” the department said in a statement.

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