Trudeau continues steel tour with stops in Sault Ste. Marie, Regina

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Regina today as he continues a tour of steel and aluminum plants to reassure workers there are measures in place to shield them from the possibility of U.S. tariffs.

U.S. President Donald Trump recently exempted Canada and Mexico from tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, although the U.S. government has been dropping hints that the exception is only temporary.

During his earlier visits to factories in Saguenay, Que., and Hamilton, Trudeau said the national security argument the U.S. has made when it comes to considering tariffs makes no sense and could not apply to Canada.

Speaking in Hamilton on Tuesday, Trudeau said there are measures in place, including tariffs and tougher border controls, to prevent steel and aluminum producers in other countries from using Canada as a back door to slip cheap metal into the United States.

Trudeau said the surplus of steel in the global market is not new and with American tariffs in place, some countries might try to ship their products to the U.S. through Canada.

He said Canada would be alert to that and work with industry partners and the United States to make sure that doesn’t happen.

A steel tariff would be devastating for Sault Ste. Marie, the heart of steel country in northern Ontario, where Algoma makes up more than 40 per cent of the city’s economic output.

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  1. If our pm is really that concerned about Canadians in industry, why is trudeau not taking a more aggressive stand to ending the civil war between Alberta & BC and create a clear path to building the Trans Mountain pipeline. This liberal government has the legal authority to do something but keeps dragging its heels. Why folks ?? Could it have anything to do with the 20 BC liberals seats that trudeau would put in jeopardy if he took the bull by the horns and acted NOW. Look, all we should want is action by this pm. Like you, just a concerned Canadian, who’s looking for some leadership, but, 2 years in, what we see is a ship load of smoke & mirrors.

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