"We are ready to take action whenever action is required. we had your backs last week and we always will", Trudeau said after visiting a Rio Tinto Ltd (RIO.AX) (RIO.L) smelter in Alma, Quebec, his first stop on a tour this week of Canada's steel and aluminum regions. We also know they face real challenges, including concerns around global overcapacity and our integrated North American market.
A senior government official told The Globe and Mail on Monday that Ottawa is consulting widely with industry executives on the best measures to combat an expected flood of offshore steel and aluminum.
Trudeau rejected calls by some Quebec union leaders to take a harder line in NAFTA talks and leave the table if Canada can not get a better deal.
Mr. Trump has threatened to expand the steel and aluminum duties to the two countries if there is no progress on meeting US demands in the negotiations on the North American free-trade agreement.
Trudeau said Canada had a lot more work to do and would press Washington to ensure the exemptions were permanent.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised aluminum and steelworkers on Monday he would defend them against possible U.S. tariffs and called U.S. President Donald Trump to stress that "mutually beneficial" cross-border supply chains should be preserved. "That is because the level of integration within our two markets is deep, complex and profitable to both of our countries". The steel tariff investigation was launched to see the impact of steel imports on US national security.
Mr. Trudeau argued that Canada - the largest supply list of steel to the United States - is a key American defence ally and noted Canadian steel is used to manufacture USA tanks and Canadian aluminum is in America warplanes. He was to also visit three Canadian steel cities this week to reassure workers. He added that national security was an important part of that deal and, if a deal is made, "this will figure into the deal and we won't have the tariffs on Canada or Mexico". Marie, Ont., and Regina, Sask.
The prime minister is on a cross-country tour of aluminum and steel factories to demonstrate his government's support for workers in light of potential threats to those industries from the US administration. Justin Trudeau is touring aluminum and steel factories to show support for the industries.