I am very pleased to hear the news from President Donald Trump today that Canada and Mexico will temporarily be exempt from the newly imposed tariffs on aluminum and steel. More diplomatic efforts are clearly still required through NAFTA negotiations to ensure Canadian steel manufacturers can operate in the most competitive marketplace. This announcement is a great step towards protecting jobs within the industry and within our community of Sault Ste. Marie.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Christian Provenzano and Member of Parliament Terry Sheehan for recognizing the importance of the need for diplomacy during the past week. It was very reassuring to have their support and a great sign of what we can achieve when we work together towards a common goal, regardless of our political stripes. I look forward to working together with them in the future on this initiative and many others to come. The people of Sault Ste. Marie should be proud to have our political representatives at all levels of government rowing in the same direction.
Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to thank Michigan State Senator Wayne Schmidt. I want the people of Sault Ste. Marie to know how instrumental Senator Schmidt has been this past week. From our first conversation and many since then, he and I have maintained great communication together speaking about the effect these proposed tariffs would have on our local economy and on Michigan’s economy. He recognized that if there was a closure of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan would immediately be forced into a recession. His efforts to ensure that did not happen, for both our mutual benefits have been substantial and are much appreciated. Thank you Senator for your efforts and for your friendship. I trust this newly formed relationship will serve our jurisdictions well moving forward together in the future.