Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Boeing urged to save Ulster peace by dropping Bombardier complaint

Boeing urged to save Ulster peace by dropping Bombardier complaint

The International trade commission that is USA based is set to make a basic ruling in this case in the ending of this month.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Monday as Canadian officials try to resolve a potentially damaging trade dispute over passenger jets with US aerospace manufacturer Boeing.

The political rivals, who have been unable to reach agreement to restore Northern Ireland's failed government, have issued a joint letter to US Vice President Mike Pence raising their concerns about the fallout which could financially devastate one of the region's biggest employers.

Officials cited by the Times described the phone call as "constructive" and denied reports that ministers are anxious that the dispute threatens to jeapordise a post-Brexit UK-US free trade deal.

She also plans to discuss the issue with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when they meet next week, a source close to the matter said.

However, rival aircraft firm Boeing has complained to the U.S. authorities that the deal was unfairly subsidised by the Canadian state.

If the USA declines to make orders for the aircraft, analysts predict the C-series program would be killed off entirely.

"For me, having that kind of support is important because it speaks to sort of the heart of the issue, which is jobs, innovation and global supply chains", Cromer said. May is dependent on his support for running a government to function.

Canada hasn't committed to buying the St. Louis-made fighters, citing Boeing's current trade complaint against Bombardier.

"The workers are caught in the crossfire as this ongoing dispute continues to put thousands of jobs at risk", said Dias.

Yet these moves, which follow Liberal threats to scrap the planned purchase of 18 "interim" Super Hornets from Boeing because of the dispute, appear to have done little to resolve the matter.

Boeing has filed a petition with the US International Trade Commission and the US Department of Commerce alleging that Bombardier is unfairly subsidized by the Canadian and Quebec governments, a claim that Bombardier fiercely denies.

"We had some proposals back and forth and then they walked away", the ambassador said.

'We will continue our efforts to secure a resolution'.

If the US Department of Commerce, which is due to make a ruling later this month, hits Bombardier with punitive tariffs, it could make it hard for the manfucturer to find new US customers for its new CSeries. The bilateral meeting is expected to take place on September 18, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Globe and Mail in St. John's where Mr. Trudeau and his cabinet are holding a two-day meeting.

Officials told The Times that the conversation between Trump and May was productive, but that few signs indicate the pressure is working.

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