The US president has been threatening tariffs on Canadian cars for more than a year now. But as NAFTA talks resume, experts seem to think Donald Trump has moved closer than ever to making the threat a reality. Yet still, a man not known for his patience hasn’t pushed the shiny red button. Why not? What do we need to understand about the single biggest sledgehammer wielded in US-Canada relations in decades?

Aaron Hutchins of Maclean's takes us through exactly what happens if Trump makes good on his threat, and helps us understand just how tricky even something as blatantly simple as a blanket tariff can be when it actually takes effect on the ground. How bad would this be? And how would Canadians who don’t work in the auto industry end up paying for it if Justin Trudeau retaliates?

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