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


October 6, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

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

“The deeply integrated aerospace industries of Canada and the United States support well-paying, middle-class jobs in both countries and help strengthen the global competitiveness of the North American aerospace sector.

“We are extremely disappointed by and in complete disagreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary determination in the anti-dumping investigation of exports of large aircraft from Canada.

“Given the baseless and absurdly high preliminary countervailing duties announced on September 26, today’s news comes as no surprise. This is the second step in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s multi-step process.

“These anti-dumping duties on Bombardier’s C Series aircraft unfairly target Canada’s highly innovative aerospace sector and its more than 200,000 workers—and put at risk the almost 23,000 U.S. jobs that depend on Bombardier and its suppliers.

“Boeing is manipulating the U.S. trade remedy system to prevent Bombardier’s new aircraft, the C Series, from entering the U.S. market, despite Boeing’s admission that it does not compete with the C Series.

“Our government will continue to vigorously defend the interests of the Canadian aerospace industry and our aerospace workers against irresponsible and protectionist trade measures. We will continue to raise this issue with Boeing and with the U.S. government at the highest levels.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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