- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Canadian government has canceled a planned fighter-jet purchase from Seattle-based Boeing, apparently in retaliation for a trade dispute with the Trump administration, the Reuters news service reported Tuesday.

Ottawa was planning to buy 18 F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets but has elected instead to buy used F-18s from the Australian government, some of which will be cannibalized for spare parts for the Canadian military’s existing stock, Reuters said. 

Investors Business Daily notes that the move appears to be motivated by a 300 percent tariff Washington slapped on sales of Canadian Bombardier Series C jets.

News of the development comes as Mr. Trump once again has taken the occasion to complain about trade deficits with the U.S.’s neighbors.

“We have tremendous losses with Mexico and losses with Canada, and covered by NAFTA. Last year, we lost approximately $71 billion in trade deficit; we have a trade deficit with Mexico of $71 billion. With Canada, it was about $17 billion,” the president said Tuesday in a meeting with Senate Republicans, according to Canadian news site Global News.

Global News, however, noted that statisticians with both the U.S. and Canadian governments agree that the U.S. enjoys a $12-billion trade surplus with Canada, when the value of services — as opposed to goods — is factored in. 

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