Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

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

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

Trump backed off the threat last week, but indicated he could still link any potential tariffs, which could be as high as 25 per cent on Canadian steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, to renegotiating a better deal under the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada.

Mr. Trump has stated that the tariffs could be extended to two NAFTA partners if Canada and Mexico do not bend to US demands in the renegotiation of that trade agreement.

Steel makers in Canada are pressing the federal government to make sure Canada doesn't become a dumping ground for offshore steel originally destined for the USA market.

Trudeau says he's been telling U.S. President Donald Trump for over a year that there is no national security threat from Canadian steel or aluminum.

"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".

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"(We're) highlighting that the imposition of tariffs on Canada would end up hurting the USA nearly as much as it would hurt Canada".

He spoke to teporters and a group of ArcelorMittal Dofasco employees after touring one of the steel maker's steel galvanizing mills in Hamilton.

The steel tariff investigation was launched to see the impact of steel imports on US national security.

Trudeau also expressed optimism about reaching a good North American free-trade agreement that will benefit Canada as well as the US and Mexico - despite Trump's constant refrain that the current deal is a bad one.

"He always has with me", Trudeau said.

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"That's a concern that we share with the Americans", Mr. Trudeau said in Hamilton, the second stop on a journey that began Monday in Quebec and will take him to Sault Ste.

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. Marie, Ont., and Regina this week.

"Our aluminum is in their fighter jets ‎our steel. goes into their armoured vehicles", he said.

The president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association says Canada may be off the hook for now from American steel and aluminum tariffs but it is still at risk as a glut of foreign steel looks for a new home.

Trudeau accused China of flooding global markets with cheap steel on Monday, saying Canada has already taken steps to prevent "dumping".

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