She said her government “will continue to work with the company to protect vital jobs for Northern Ireland”, where Bombardier employs more than 4,000 people at its factories in Belfast.
Both Canada and Britain have criticized a preliminary ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday that recommended a 219.63% tariff on Bombardier’s new jets.
“But we would prefer this kind of dispute to be settled on a negotiated basis and we will be redoubling our efforts with the Canadian government to bring about a negotiated settlement”.
The U.K.’s defense minister, Sir Michael Fallon, warned that the move could “jeopardize our future relationship” with Boeing, which enjoys billions of dollars in military contracts with Britain. “Boeing wants to prevent United States passengers from realising these benefits, irrespective of the harm that it would cause to the USA aerospace industry and the cost to airlines and consumers”.
Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “The UK government is one of Boeing’s biggest customers, spending billions with the company including orders for Apache helicopters, P8 marine surveillance planes and Chinook helicopters”. I held back. “They [Manitoba] need to mind their own business”, Couillard said.
Wings for the CSeries jets are made in Northern Ireland, where Bombardier is the largest manufacturing employer.
President Donald Trump has nominated Jason Kearns, a USTR veteran who is now trade counsel to Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, to the ITC for a term expiring in 2024, but no confirmation hearing has been scheduled yet. In part, this may be down to a perception of the current administration as a lame-duck presidency, but also because it’s hard to spot “the harmful effects of unfair subsidization” on USA workers that the tariff is created to alleviate.
“The company has doubled its direct employment in the United Kingdom since 2011 and tripled its spending with more than 250 companies in the United Kingdom supply chain over the same period, to £2.1bn in 2016”. Bombardier workers at its plant in Belfast have expressed nervousness about the impact of the decision.
Bombardier has estimated that North America will account for about 2,000 of the 6,800 100- to 150-seat planes that will be sold around the world over the next 20 years.
The size of the tariffs raised eyebrows.
“What we’re really focused on is a final decision from the International Trade Commission that is going to be on whether there was any harm to Boeing”, Letendre said. The department is expected to announce its findings in another case against Bombardier early next month.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, on a visit to Hong Kong, told reporters that part of the problem was Bombardier’s lack of cooperation with the investigation.
“While Delta has publicly spoken highly about the C Series, the risk of this order being rescinded will continue to weigh on Bombardier’s share price, ” Kevin Chiang, a CIBC World Markets analyst, said in a note to clients Wednesday.
Bombardier Inc. spokesman Simon Letendre said Wednesday there would be no immediate effect from the ruling on Bombardier or its operations, including its 1,600-employee site in Wichita.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which the Tories rely on to swing key votes in Parliament for the Government, is also keeping the pressure up.
“We’re confident that we will be able to demonstrate that and have this case dismissed”, Mr Clark told Sky News.
However, London’s options in fighting Bombardier’s corner may be limited because of the importance of Boeing to its defense industry.