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Canadian official makes trade case

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 14, 2018 4:24 AM
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Consul-General of Canada Phyllis Yaffee

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, June 14, 2018:

The tariffs on steel and aluminum imported to the United States have resulted in tensions between the U.S. and its largest trading partners.  After last weekend's G-7 Summit made up of the world's most prosperous Democratic nations, President Donald Trump lashed out at the Prime Minister of Canada Justine Trudeau.  After Trump complained of a trade deficit with Canada, Trudeau said Canada would not be pushed around and threatened tariffs on American products.

Trump angrily pulled the U.S. from an agreement signed by the other six nations and criticized Trudeau.

It's an unusual bit of tension between two countries that have been the closest of allies and reliable trading partners. 

The Consul-General of Canada Phyllis Yaffee was in Harrisburg this week as part of an effort to work on trade between Canada and Pennsylvania.  She sat down for Smart Talk and the conversation airs on Thursday morning's program.

Also, the impact of the opioid crisis is being felt in many aspects of American life and that includes schools.  The children of parents using opioids are dealing with a lot of uncertainty and chaos at home and it is affecting their education.

Health Smart: Education vs. Epidemic will be broadcast on WITF-TV Thursday night at 9.  Producer/Host Keira McGuire is on Smart Talk tell us about the crisis and the show.

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