Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet with steelworkers

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2018

Sean Donnelly, Chief Executive of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, said on Tuesday the company is not seeking Canadian government aid as the domestic steel industry faces uncertainty after U.S. President Donald Trump provided temporary relief on steel imports.

The Canadian prime minister also said during the interview that United States exemptions to tariffs were not a "magical favor being done".

"As I said to the congressional leadership, as I said to the president last week: We are always happy to better co-ordinate and to work together to do even more to ensure that we are protecting the North American steel industry".

Only days after his Friday talk with the premier, Justin Trudeau will be back in Regina on Wednesday for a sequel, including meetings with local steelworkers and the mayor.

Initially billed as a response to US tariffs announced by President Donald Trump, Trudeau has since used the appearances to promise workers that the federal government will back them up.

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"We know the tremendous effort that steel and aluminum workers put in every day to provide for their families, support their communities, and build businesses that are competitive in the global market".

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

The White House said in a statement Monday evening that Trudeau and Trump had spoken by phone regarding the steel and aluminum tariff announcement from last week.

Asked again about Trump's approach, if the tariffs are a negotiating tactic by Trump, Trudeau again moved past the potential threat. Following the roundtable, Trudeau headed to a second plant, this time Dofasco, for another tour.

NAFTA is an agreement which came into force from January 1994 by Canada, Mexico and United States creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.

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