Federal cabinet shifts retreat focus to COVID-19

US stands down on 10 percent aluminum tariffs imposed on Canada

But at an event in OH last month, President Trump announced that he was re-imposing border taxes on certain types of Canadian aluminium, citing a flood of under-priced metal into the country. It said it could re-impose the tariffs if the imports surged again.

Ms Freeland did not respond directly when asked if Canada was at risk of butting up against the limits outlined by the US.

March 10 was the date of a government briefing note prepared for Hajdu, reported by the CBC, which incorrectly told her that with only 12 reported cases in Canada, the risk of COVID-19 spreading was low and we were "well-equipped to contain cases coming from overseas".

Canada threatened a dollar-for-dollar retaliation that was expected to be announced Tuesday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Minister Mary Ng will release details of the plan later today, Trudeau said.

Prior to the latest development, Trudeau said the government would act to protect Canada's aluminum industry.

Canada had been set to announce dollar-for-dollar tariffs on $3.6 billion worth of American aluminum-containing products, matching the American move in August against Canadian imports.

Among the list of potential US aluminum products Canada had its sights on are beverage cans, washing machines, refrigerators, bicycles and golf clubs, meaning prices on both sides of the border would likely increase for these products.

The news came two hours before Canada was set to unveil $3.6-billion in retaliatory measures on USA imports in response to the aluminum tariffs.

The trio wrote to Trump asking him to consider the "negative consequences" for consumers and American suppliers.

Trump originally imposed the tariffs on aluminum imports from most countries in 2018. The U.S. has for years claimed that Canada has been "dumping" high volumes of aluminum into the U.S., which has in turn depressed prices enjoyed by American upstream producers. Mr. Trump has frequently used Section 232 to circumvent global trade rules, such as those of the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement and the World Trade Organization.

Ahead of the US backing down, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said that the government should be taking a more proactive approach to avoid similar instances in the future.

The retreat comes as Parliament is set to resume with a throne speech on September 23, which Trudeau has promised will outline "a detailed vision for the future and a plan to keep Canadians safe while we rebuild a stronger Canada that works for everyone".

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