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Canada will protect its steel industry, workers - PM Justin Trudeau

Steel News - Published on Mon, 27 May 2019

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SooToday reported that Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at Algoma Steel Inc on Friday morning and told the crowd, comprised of Algoma and Tenaris workers, MP Terry Sheehan, Mayor Christian Provenzano and local union leaders, that the federal government has lived up to its commitment to stand up for the Canadian steel industry and its workers. He said “We had a visit here where I committed that we were going to stand by and support our workers in the steel and aluminum industry across the country, and we were able to do that.”

Mr Trudeau told reporters that while the lifting of tariffs was a hurdle, more safeguards for the country’s steel industry are needed going forward. He said “Obviously, lifting those tariffs takes off a big challenge, particularly because here in the Sault there’s a tremendous amount of exposure to the American market. Those tariffs really were a challenge for Algoma and others. We know that lifting those was an important step, but there’s more to do. We continue to have the safeguards on plate steel, we continue to look forward on ways of ensuring that we are protecting our steelworkers and the Canadian steel industry from the impact of a global market that is very challenging at times. We’re going to continue to stand strong against transshipments. This is something that was actually integral to the approach we’ve taken with the United States and Mexico as they lifted those tariffs - as we lifted those counter-tariffs - we are committed to continue to watch very, very closely to make sure that our North American steelworkers are still secure and able to contribute the way they always have.”

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Mon, 27 May 2019
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