Trudeau to kick off tour of steel and aluminum factories in Quebec

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is kicking off a tour of aluminum and steel factories today with a visit to Quebec’s Saguenay region.

The prime minister will meet with both bosses and union leaders at a Rio Tinto aluminum factory in Jonquiere, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City.

Other stops on Trudeau’s tour include Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Regina.

A spokeswoman says Trudeau wants to show support for workers in an industry that is facing uncertainty after U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on the rest of the world.

Chantale Gagnon says that while many in the industry breathed a sigh of relief when Canada and Mexico were temporarily exempted from the tariffs, they remain worried that the measure could be reversed.

Canada is the United States’ largest provider of steel and aluminum, with about 85 per cent of Canadian exports being directed to that country.

The Canadian Press

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  1. Wowww… A total exercise in wasting more taxpayer dollars !!!! Seriously folks !!! A tele-conference call to all the stakeholders would have served the same purpose, at 1% of the cost of trekking across the Country. What can be accomplished on this journey by the pm ??? The decisions on what happens next with NAFTA, Trump’s state of mind is out of trudeau’s control. Folks this is a waste of taxpayer dollars; simply another photo-op moment for trudeau…..again.
    Oh, I know, maybe trudeau could contact Micheal J. Fox and take a trip into the future; landing at the negotiating table and stating his case why Canada should remain exempted from any plans by the US to tax Canadian steel and aluminum. Then trudeau could come back and take all the credit for saving our steel industry. Seriously, this cross country trip by the pm is another India trip; a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. I guess when trudeau is wasting billions already, what’s another couple of million ??? For this liberal government, just a drop in the bucket. Sadly……………

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