Canada's PM bids to reassure aluminum workers about United States tariffs

Canada's PM bids to reassure aluminum workers about United States tariffs

Canada's PM bids to reassure aluminum workers about United States tariffs

Mr. Trudeau spoke by telephone with Mr. Trump on Monday to thank him for the "special consideration extended to Canada" while stressing that the steel and aluminum industries are critical to jobs on both sides of the border, his office said in a statement.

In a recent interview with CBC Radio One, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that there will be "legislation coming forward on addressing" the Canadian justice system.

Canada, the top supplier of steel and aluminum to the United States markets, and Mexico have been temporarily exempted from the tariffs until trilateral continental trade talks conclude.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged on Monday that he personally reassured U.S. President Donald Trump last week that Canada won't become a transit station for offshore steel and aluminum into the U.S. market.

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.

His comments came amid rising global trade tensions in the wake of a U.S. decision to impose steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Freeland said it was absurd to consider Canadian steel a national security threat and that "as far as Canada is concerned there is absolutely no connection" between the national security reasons cited for the steel tariffs and NAFTA.

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Trudeau rejected calls by some Quebec union leaders to take a harder line in NAFTA talks and leave the table if Canada can not get a better deal.

However, they expect any talks about a possible permanent exemption to take place outside of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

Executives in the steel-processing sector describe the manner in which countries and importers get around tariffs as being akin to a sheet of paper.

It was the second call in a week that Trudeau made to Trump on the tariffs issue. The weekend before the announcement, Ottawa was getting word that Trump was heavily leaning toward including Canada, largely because of concerns steel from China was coming into the US from Canada.

The Prime Minister told aluminum plant workers in Saguenay, Quebec, he will always have their backs when it comes to fighting US tariffs. The tour was planned before the tariff exemption was confirmed but will still go ahead despite the exemption, with stops in Alma., Que, Hamilton, Ont., Sault Ste.

The Canadian government has vowed to retaliate if duties are imposed, but the prime minister did not answer directly when asked what measures it might take.

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