Ottawa — Canada hit back at the US on Friday with retaliatory tariffs on summertime essentials including Florida orange juice, tomato sauce and Kentucky bourbon in its opening salvo in a trade war with President Donald Trump. As temperatures and tension increase, the measures targeting C$16.6bn ($12.6bn) in US steel, aluminium and consumer goods took effect on Sunday, when Canadians celebrated a holiday and just days before Independence Day in the US amid a heatwave in both countries. The tit-for-tat duties are a response to punishing US steel and aluminium tariffs imposed at the start of June. Ottawa also unveiled C$2bn in aid for the two sectors. Ottawa "had no choice but to announce reciprocal countermeasures to the steel and aluminium tariffs that the US imposed on June 1 2018," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Trump in a call on Friday, his office said. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the tariffs at a steel facility in Hamilton, Ontario. "We will not esc...

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