Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Hamilton 'breathing a little bit easier' after Canada exempted from steel tariffs

Hamilton 'breathing a little bit easier' after Canada exempted from steel tariffs

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be visiting Hamilton March 13, as part of a tour of areas that have steel or aluminum industries that could be hit by possible tariffs by the United States.

"We are continuing to push on getting the right deal for Canada, getting the right deal for Canadians, getting the right deal for everyone", Trudeau said in a separate interview on Breakfast Television. Trump himself has said an exemption for Canada and Mexico is possible if negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement are concluded to his satisfaction.

"We are going to continue to put forth why we don't agree with some ideas that were put forth on the table by the United States".

"The president has said if we get to a position where we have successfully renegotiated NAFTA, there won't be any tariffs for Canada".

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Wednesday that exemptions to the proposed tariffs would be made on a "case-by-case" and "country-by-country" basis.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Perrin Beatty expressed concern in a news release that these new US tariffs will result in diversion of steel and aluminum from affected countries into Canada.

Trudeau called Trump on Monday to stress his concerns about the tariffs, officials said.

China is the second largest exporter of steel into Canada, according to the Global Steel Trade Monitor.

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"Because our countries are so well connected, there is a close alignment within that, and when we move forward on things that are going to be good for the Canadian economy, and good for American middle class as well, we know that we're always going to be on the right track with this president", he said.

It recognized the complex, integrated economies of all three trade partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the damage a 25% import tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminum imports into the US would cause all three nations.

"We need a fundamental shift in how our workplaces function and how women feel protected and safe in those workplaces", he said.

"It's been this way for more than 50 years", Ryder said.

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Canada denied a belief within the Trump administration that Chinese steel and aluminum were entering the United States via Canada, according to the CBC.

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