Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trudeau considering more action to keep foreign dumped steel out of Canada

Trudeau considering more action to keep foreign dumped steel out of Canada

"We don't link together the tariffs and the negotiations for NAFTA, but we're happy to continue to move forward on the negotiations", he said in an interview on "Power Lunch". But relative to bigger industries such as agriculture and auto manufacturing, the steel sector only employs 22,000 direct jobs and represented 2 percent of exports past year.

The North American steel industry is heavily integrated, with raw materials, steel and parts crossing the U.S.

The prime minister has been touring communities across the country with a major stake in aluminum and steel production.

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Reacting to Trump's urge, Trudeau told CNN that Canada is glad to see the U.S. is eager to seal the deal.

Sean Donnelly, who heads Canada's largest steel manufacturer, added that the government must put resources in place to ensure cheap steel is not diverted to Canada after Trump decided last week to impose a 25 percent tariffs on steel imports.

Trudeau, who kicked off a four-city tour of cities March 12 that rely on aluminum and steel industries for their economies, will tour the Stelco Hamilton Works then meet with steelworkers in the morning.

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Trudeau asked after their families and how they had been coping with the possibility of tariffs that he had said would have a devastating impact in Canada.

Later, at a roundtable with industry leaders, he spoke again of the importance of steel to Hamilton, saying he was there to listen.

Trump has linked permanent exemption to the successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, making the industry nervous.

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Some observers saw the tariff threat as an attempt by the Trump administration to pressure Canada and Mexico to complete the NAFTA talks - giving in to other USA demands or giving up some of their own.

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