Mexico and Canada were happy to hear about President's Trump's willingness to exclude them from tariffs on steel and aluminum exports to the U.S. Marie, Ont., part of a three-day meet-and-greet tour of communities where steel and aluminum manufacturing are major employers. However, as reported earlier, this innovation is not going to hurt the two bordering countries: Canada and Mexico due to the expectations of NAFTA.
Mr. Trudeau would not specify what actions the federal government will take to shut out offshore steel. Trudeau said that the United States knew that the placing the tariffs on Canada would be bad for U.S. business and that "We will continue working toward securing a definite and permanent exemption from those tariffs". "But, we know there's a win-win-win we can get to", Trudeau told one employee at the Algoma steel facility.
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. He cares for the city of Sault Ste.
The president has since said that Canada will be exempt from the tariffs, but has also hinted that the reprieve may only be temporary.
Regina was the final stop on Trudeau's tour of metal cities which began in Alma, Que., moved to Hamilton on Tuesday before visiting Sault Ste.
Trump recently exempted Canada and Mexico from tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, although the US government has been dropping hints that the exception is only temporary.
Trudeau also expressed optimism about reaching a good North American free-trade agreement that will benefit Canada as well as the USA and Mexico - despite Trump's constant refrain that the current deal is a bad one.
Workers asked Trudeau a series of candid questions about Canada-U.S. relations, the threat of American tariffs on steel and aluminum, and NAFTA.
USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum would be "very harmful" for industry and workers in both countries, he added. There are warnings the negotiations could stretch through upcoming election in Mexico this summer and in the USA later this year.
Trudeau "emphasised that preserving (the two nations') mutually beneficial supply chains is critical to jobs and businesses on both sides of the border", according to a summary. "That policy should inform the world that Canada will be taking responsive measures, the details - and covered products - to be announced shortly".