US 220% tariff on Bombardier is 'attack' on Canada, Quebec premier says

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FILE PHOTO: A logo of jet manufacturer Bombardier is pictured on their booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (Reuters)

The 220 percent tariff imposed by the United States on Bombardier Inc's CSeries jet is an "attack" on Quebec and Canada, the province's Premier Philippe Couillard said on Wednesday.

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“Quebec has been attacked. And Quebec will resist. And Quebec will unite. All together, we will protect our workers. All together, we will be proud of our engineering,” he told reporters at a news conference.

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The government of Quebec has taken a $1 billion stake in Bombardier's CSeries jet. But Couillard said Wednesday the company had received "not a cent" in government subsidies.

The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday slapped preliminary anti-subsidy duties on Bombardier's CSeries jets after rival Boeing Co accused Canada of unfairly subsidizing the aircraft, a move likely to strain trade relations between the neighbors. 

(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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