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The Liberal Government Hands USD 42 Billion in Construction Projects to China at Expense of Canadians

Steel News - Published on Fri, 23 Aug 2019

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The federal government announced on August 9, 2019, that it will be granting full duty remissions on illegally dumped fabricated steel from China to supply two liquid natural gas projects located in British Columbia. The two projects involved are LNG Canada and Woodfibre LNG, both located on the coast of BC. The partners in LNG Canada are made up of a consortium of investors of which include China. These two LNG projects will be modularized, meaning they will be built in smaller shippable pieces with all the equipment and components preinstalled. The modules will be connected on site, requiring very few construction workers. Essentially, in doing so, the largest project ever in the history of Canada will be handed over to Chinese businesses and workers.

Mr Ed Whalen, President & CEO of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction said that “The announcement was very disappointing. These two projects, if done in Canada, would have created hundreds of thousands of construction jobs for all trades across the country. Projects like these employ skilled workers from all over Canada and not just in the local area. This is a hundreds-of-thousands-of-jobs-lost kind of mistake.”

The duties on fabricated structural steel have been implemented by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal under the Special Import Measure Act after proof that China, South Korea and Spain were found to be illegally dumping into Canada. An appeal of the CITT’s decision is currently still pending in the Federal Court of Appeal.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 23 Aug 2019
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