U.S. border tax has little support: minister – Ontario News

U.S. border tax has little support: minister – Ontario News

WASHINGTON — Canadians concerned about the idea of a tariff-like tax being imposed on all U.S. imports might be pleased to learn the policy faces huge opposition in Washington.

That’s the message being taken away from a Washington visit by Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.

A series of meetings this week with lawmakers, administration officials, and business people have raised questions about whether that import tax has any chance of passing in an upcoming omnibus tax bill.

“There was very little support for it,” Carr told reporters Thursday.

“It’s not just that people here are expressing an agreement in principle with free trade. It’s that they are specifically saying that a border adjustment tax would not move along the interests of Canada and United States in the energy market, and that was expressed to us with any number of people with whom we met.”

Others are putting it more bluntly.

A Democratic lawmaker, John Delaney, told a panel on Canada-U.S. infastructure this week hosted by The…

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