Premier Doug Ford has criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to stop exporting 3M giant N95 face masks to Canada.
“I cannot stress how disappointed I am with President Trump for making this decision,” Ford said at Queen’s Park on Friday. “We are the closest trading partners to the world. “
Minnesota-based 3M said on Friday that the White House had asked it to stop exporting medical-grade masks to Canada and Latin America, which the company says has “significant humanitarian implications” and will backfire causing retaliation from other countries against the United States.
The breakup between the president and a prominent American manufacturer erupted after Trump ordered the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to use their authority under the defense production of 1950 to acquire the “appropriate” number of N95 respirators from 3M and any of its affiliates.
N95 masks, also known as respirators, offer better protection against the new coronavirus than ordinary surgical masks.
Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, considerable efforts have been made to obtain more N95 masks for health care workers in Canada.
“I understand, he thinks” I have to take care of my own people “but we are connected,” said Ford.
“In saying this, I will no longer rely on President Trump, I will never again rely on any Prime Minister of any country.”
“Our manufacturing, we prepare ourselves and once they start, we will never stop them. “
“We will make sure that we supply everyone in Canada, not just Ontario. We are the manufacturing engine in this country and we will intensify. ”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he is working with the United States to help them understand that trade between the two countries is a two-way street.
He says it would be a huge mistake to restrict personnel or products and services from crossing the border in either direction.
With files from The Canadian Press