U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Canada's complaint is "broad and ill-advised".
"Canada's new request for consultations at the WTO is a broad and ill-advised attack on the USA trade remedies system", US trade czar Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.
According to a WTO filing dated December 20 and published on January 10, Canada has launched a trade dispute against the U.S. challenging its repeated use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy trade remedies.
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Warner believes that the Canadian government may be playing to a domestic audience in demonstrating that it is not only being "very assertive" in addressing trade disputes, but that it is also trying to "embarrass the Americans" before the world by citing nearly 180 trade breaches over two decades against other countries listed on 24 pages of Canada's 32-page complaint before the WTO.
He further called Canada's accusations "unfounded" and said that they "could only lower USA confidence" that its neighbor is committed to mutually beneficial trade. Canada's claims threaten the ability of all countries to defend their workers against unfair trade.
She says Canada will bring some new, "creative" ideas to the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations later this month in Montreal, in response to some of the "more unconventional" US proposals.
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With the list of trade irritants between Canada and the United States growing day by day, Ottawa has launched a wide-ranging trade complaint against its southern neighbour, over Washington's increasingly protectionist trade practices, according to a World Trade Organization filing dated December 20 and published Wednesday.
But by listing almost all trade enforcement actions by the Trump administration, the Canadian complaint also supports dozens of countries affected by the recent imposition of both preliminary and permanent USA duties.
A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said this challenge is tied to Canada's latest fight with the United States over softwood lumber. The negotiations certainly aren't unfamiliar with shows of muscle or grandstanding; think of the Trump administration's outrageous NAFTA demands, the threat to leave NAFTA, the softwood lumber dispute, the Boeing-Bombardier dispute and most recently, the newspaper dispute.
The irony here is that Canada is making the same complaint about the United States.
"Canada is acting against its own workers' and businesses' interests", Lighthizer added. The U.S. imports about $1.6 billion a year in Canadian newsprint.
"This isn't going to calm passions in Montreal", Warner said. The Canadian government is preparing for the possibility that Trump will withdraw from NAFTA, senior officials say, though they aren't entirely convinced that he will.
On Dec. 20, 2017 Canada filed a WTO complaint against the United States concerning its trade practices that Canada says violate global trade law.