Canadian Shipper


June 14, 2018

‘A death blow’: Tariff threat looms large in the heart of Canada’s auto industry

Windsor, ON — Mike Malott has survived massive turmoil during his nearly 20 years as an automotive worker here in the the heart of the Canadian industry — but now that his livelihood is in the crosshairs of a United States president who appears hell-bent on restricting cross-border trade, he is frightened. The 43-year-old assembly line worker and other residents of this Southwestern Ontario city have been on edge for months during strained North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations that have included intense scrutiny of auto production in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. But Trump’s post-G7 Twitter tirade about imposing a 25 per cent tariff on auto imports from Canada could have potentially devastating consequences for the integrated supply chain that has