Concerns over tariffs makes North Country businesses nervous

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Concerns over tariffs between the US and Canada have the North Country Chamber of Commerce on edge.

Over 100 Quebec based company have locations in the North Country and 15 percent of the work force in Clinton County go to work every day at a Canadian company.

President Trump has imposed aluminum and steel tariffs on key European and Canadian allies.

This weekend’s G -7 summit ended with a war of words between the president and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Garry Douglas, president and CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, describes these new tariffs as self-harming to our relationship with our friends to the north.

“When one side throws up a tariff and the other side understandable puts up a counter tariff what are they to do. No matter which way they go they can’t solve that problem because they’re going to get hit with that tariff either way and what does that really do in the end? It makes their product, our products, less competitive in global markets with china,” said Douglas

Douglas says that our Canadian friends have always been a good ally, even in our darkest hours and that should be considered as these tariffs are imposed.

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