Trudeau says Trump has "kept his word"

Lester Mason
March 15, 2018

The prime minister told US media during one of his television interviews with American media Monday that Canada has the same goal as Trump.

Trudeau launched a cross-country tour of steel and aluminum mills this week in light of potential tariffs on the metals being imposed by the US government, even though Canada and Mexico were granted a temporary exemption from the tariffs last week by President Donald Trump.

Trump's eagerness to seal the deal of NAFTA came months after the U.S. and Canada were on the loggerheads on this issue.

Initially billed as a response to USA tariffs announced by President Donald Trump, Trudeau has since used the appearances to promise workers that the federal government will back them up.

Trudeau says Canada will not flinch in its support for workers and he hopes the threat of US tariffs can be solved in a friendly way.

Following the close of the seventh round of negotiations last week in Mexico, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the U.S. wants to get a deal done in the next four to six weeks.

"But, we know there's a win-win-win we can get to", Trudeau told one employee at the Algoma steel facility.

"But I accept what the president said", Trudeau added, "that as long as there is a free-trade deal in North America there won't be tariffs". "Meanwhile, in Ottawa, the Trudeau Liberals would face searing questions about what went wrong", Aaron Hutchins of Macleans writes. "We had your backs last week and we always will".

This is Trudeau's second stop in Regina this month.

"The exemption represented a positive step in the right direction but we still have a lot more work to do", Trudeau told the room full of aluminum workers.

Later, at a roundtable with industry leaders, he spoke again of the importance of steel to Hamilton, but said he was there to listen.

28% of the volume of steel from Dofasco is exported to the United States, which would mean large impacts on the company if the tariffs are imposed.

Trudeau's dumping accusations against Beijing, which echoed Trump's own message, come after exploratory talks with China failed to advance to bilateral free trade negotiations.

"That is a concern that we share with the Americans and we're going to keep ensuring that Canadian steel is Canadian steel", Trudeau said before shaking hands and taking selfies with the assembled steelworkers.

"With the US out of NAFTA, experts say, prices on everything from cars to groceries are expected to climb".

Trudeau did not answer when asked how the federal government would protect industry workers if tariffs are imposed.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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