Justin Trudeau visiting Hamilton to show support for steel workers

Justin Trudeau visiting Hamilton to show support for steel workers

He will follow that up by speaking to steel industry leaders at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel during a round table discussion.

"When I spoke to him about this concern around national security and 232 a year ago in Sicily he assured me that Canada wouldn't be part of the tariffs if they moved forward and indeed Canada's not a part of the tariffs moving forward", Trudeau explained.

His cross-country tour, with stops in Quebec, Sault Ste.

ArcelorMittal Dofasco president Sean Donnelly said the industry is also anxious about Canada becoming a back door.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2017.

"The boats are already on the way", Mr. Donnelly said.

Canadian steel facilities can't compete fairly against countries that choose "to sell at a loss in order to control the market", he said.

Trudeau made the comments in an early-morning appearance Tuesday on Hamilton television station CHCH before visits to steel mills in the Ontario city.

The U.S. government has been dropping hints that the decision to excuse Canada and Mexico from tariffs on steel and aluminum might only be temporary, and somehow dependent on the result of trade negotiations.

It was their first conversation since Trump last week imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, raising trade tensions.

The president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association says Canada may be off the hook for now from American steel and aluminum tariffs but it is still at risk as a glut of foreign steel looks for a new home.

Mr. Trudeau and members of his cabinet have insisted that the two issues are not linked and that extending the tariffs to steel and aluminum imported from Canada would harm the US economy.

Canada is the United States' largest foreign provider of steel and aluminum with about 85 per cent of Canadian exports being directed to the country. Will that create a privileged access for us in the United States market?

Gary Howe, president of local 1005 of the United Steelworkers union, said his members who work at Stelco Holdings Inc. are taking the tariff issue in stride, having lived through the cutbacks and job cuts generated by two trips through protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act since 2004.

Trudeau's view has prominent support: A poll of leading economists from the University of Chicago has found rare unanimity on the topic, with a newly released survey Monday showing that zero per cent of economists surveyed believe tariffs will help Americans.