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January 19 2018, 01:43 | Alonzo Simpson
Boeing fires back in response to Trudeau statement, Bombardier jumps in
May and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are anxious about Boeing's move against Bombardier Inc, which is the single largest manufacturing employer in Northern Ireland and Canada's most important aerospace firm.
The statement on Monday comes as UK Prime Minister Theresa May meets with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau, with the pair expected to discuss the trade dispute that could lead to job losses in Belfast.
May's visit to Ottawa, her first to Canada and first formal bilateral talks with Trudeau, comes as the two leaders head to NY for meetings at this week's United Nations General Assembly.
The comments represent the strongest yet against the US aerospace giant since Boeing launched a trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier earlier this year. "I will be impressing on him the significance of Bombardier to the United Kingdom".
"I am very clear about the potential impact this could have on jobs in Northern Ireland and I will be doing all I can to ensure we can see a resolution to this dispute because I want to see those jobs protected". May's minority Conservative government depends on backing from the small Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for their majority control of the British parliament.
Trudeau said Boeing's actions are harmful to jobs in Canada, to economic growth here and "also harmful to the future of the aerospace industry in the whole world".
And they leave little doubt Trudeau's Liberal government is serious about walking away from a controversial plan to purchase 18 interim Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing if the company doesn't stand down.
However, after Delta Airlines agreed to purchase the Bombardier C-Series planes for its passenger fleet, Boeing filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Commerce department.
"There will be a preliminary judgment in the USA next week in relation to this case but that will just be a preliminary judgment so it will be possible for us to continue to work together to try and bring about the resolution that we want", she said. Trudeau's office did not immediately respond to a question about his use of the word "suing".