Ontario Premier Doug Ford addressed protectionism during a Friday news conference, at which he declared a state of emergency.
“We’re in a critical situation worldwide economically. We have competitors breathing down our back on a daily basis. We’re competing against our neighbours south of the border, we’re competing against the rest of the world, and the last thing we need is an anchor around our neck when we’re competing," he said. "These people need to make sure they leave the Ambassador Bridge, immediately, for the sake of hundreds of thousands of workers, millions of families that depend on a paycheque, going into these factories, going into these auto plants, making sure food get distributed up here."
It's hardly a new sentiment: U.S. protectionism has been a fact of life, off and on, for decades. But even a year removed from Donald Trump's turbulent turn as president, it's very much on — thanks in large measure to Trump's successor.
"They'll use American parts, American iron, American steel," President Joe Biden gushed earlier this week as he announced Australian manufacturer Tritium's plan to build electric vehicle charging units in Tennessee.
"I made it clear from Day 1: when the federal government spends taxpayers' dollars, we're going to buy American: American products made in America, including American component parts."