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Louis Blouin – Radio Canada
February 4, 2019
Canadian business people are anxious about the deterioration
of diplomatic relations between Canada and China. If the crisis stretches,
small and big players fear to suffer the repercussions. For some, the effects
are already being felt. The Trudeau government encourages them to diversify
Some industries can already measure the impacts of the
Canada-China dispute. An association representing Canadian auto parts
manufacturers says an expansion project by Chinese automakers in Canada is
pending because of the dispute. The fate of an investment of more than $ 1.5
billion in Canadian facilities is uncertain, according to Flavio Volpe,
president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA).
Chinese builders have reported that the project could be
delayed for “months, even years,” he explains.
“[Chinese builders] take the whole ecosystem and the
political environment very seriously and they are not ready to move forward.”
Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association
Like the separation of Church and State, Mr. Volpe says the
separation between trade and politics must be maintained in the relationship
The Sino-US tariff war does not help the Canadian auto
industry either. “We depend on a stable relationship between China and the
United States. This is not good for business, “says Volpe.
The automotive industry, the largest export sector in Canada, generates some $ 80 billion annually in economic activity.
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