Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on U.S. Department of Commerce preliminary subsidy determination on large civil aircraft from Canada

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September 26, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“The aerospace industries of Canada and the United States are highly integrated and support well-paying, middle-class jobs on both sides of the border.

“The U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary determinations almost always rule in favour of the U.S. complainant.   

“While this is only a preliminary stage in the investigation, and no duties can be imposed until the final investigations are completed, Canada strongly disagrees with the anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into imports of Canadian large civil aircraft. This is clearly aimed at eliminating Bombardier’s C Series aircraft from the U.S. market.

“‎Components of the Bombardier C Series are supplied by American companies, directly supporting almost 23,000 well-paying jobs in many U.S. states, including Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, Washington, New York, Ohio, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Colorado. Boeing’s petition is threatening these U.S. jobs.

“Our government has repeatedly raised this issue with key members of the U.S. administration, with American elected officials and with Boeing. We will continue to raise this at the highest levels.

“We will always defend Canadian companies and Canadian workers against unfair and costly protectionism.”

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