Canada's Trudeau accuses China of 'dumping' steel on global markets
Mar 13 2018
Two days later, word trickled out that Canada and Mexico would both be given exemptions, pending the outcome of NAFTA talks.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised aluminum and steelworkers on Monday he would defend them against possible U.S. tariffs and called U.S. President Donald Trump to stress that "mutually beneficial" cross-border supply chains should be preserved.
The federal government is examining new measures to stop China and other countries from dumping cheap steel and aluminum in Canada as a way to skirt recent hefty US tariffs.
Canada, the top supplier of steel and aluminum to the U.S. market, has been temporarily exempted from the tariffs, along with Mexico.
His comments came amid rising global trade tensions in the wake of a United States decision to impose steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.
His Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, will be in Washington on Tuesday and Thursday to "advance Canada's efforts to keep trade open, fair and barrier-free, to benefit people on both sides of the border", her ministry said in a statement.
Lawrence Valley and the Great Lakes, to the ports of the east and west coasts and urban centres across the country, Canada's steel and aluminum industries provide thousands of Canadians with good, middle class jobs and play an important role in our economy.
"But I accept what the president said", Trudeau added, "that as long as there is a free-trade deal in North America there won't be tariffs". The steel tariff investigation was launched to see the impact of steel imports on US national security.
Trump signed the proclamation on those tariffs last week and the exemption given Canada was a last-minute victory for the Canadian government.
Mr. Trudeau argued that Canada - the largest supply list of steel to the United States - is a key American defence ally and noted Canadian steel is used to manufacture USA tanks and Canadian aluminum is in America warplanes.
Following the close of the seventh round of negotiations last week in Mexico, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the U.S. wants to get a deal done in the next four to six weeks.
The prime minister is on a cross-country tour of aluminum and steel factories to demonstrate his government's support for workers in light of potential threats to those industries from the USA administration. He is scheduled to tour steel mills in Hamilton, Sault Ste.
The prime minister was touring an aluminum smelter in Alma, Quebec.