Trudeau back in Regina Wednesday for meetings with premier, mayor

Kelly Barichello

Kelly Barichello

"But I should stress that overcapacity of the steel industry is a global issue and can not be resolved by any single party alone", Lu told a regular press briefing.

Trump recently exempted Canada and Mexico from tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, although the USA government has been dropping hints that the exception is only temporary.

"I understand this point of view, but for me, I think Canadians in general are expecting us to work productively with the United States", Trudeau said.

Meanwhile, U.S. demands during renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are also a worry for the Trudeau government, although the prime minister heard some reassuring words when he talked to U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone Monday.

Instead, Ottawa signed on to the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which excludes both China and the United States, and entered into talks last week to join a South American trading bloc as part of a concerted push to diversify its trading relationships. Marie, Ont., and Regina this week.

He said he began talking about steel with Trump at the G7 summit in Sicily a year ago, when he was emphatic that Canada poses no national security threat to the U.S.

"We're negotiating right now NAFTA and we're going to hold off the tariff on those two countries to see whether or not we're able to make the deal on NAFTA", he said. "We will continue working toward securing a definite and permanent exemption from those tariffs", Trudeau said earlier.

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He noted that the integration of the Canadian and U.S. economies is particularly evident in the steel sector where $12-billion worth of the metal crosses the Canada-U.S. border annually.

"I told the president that imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum does not help with regard to NAFTA", Trudeau said.

Later, Canada and Mexico were exempted from the imposition of the trade tariffs.

It was the second call in a week that Trudeau made to Trump on the tariffs issue.

Trudeau, during a March 13 visit to Hamilton said since Trump's election in 2016 he has been talking about the benefits of Canadian steel and aluminum and arguing there is no national security threat to the United States. We also know they face real challenges, including concerns around global overcapacity and our integrated North American market.

A steel tariff would be devastating for Sault Ste.

Steelworkers, Ferguson says, asked about pension protections and outlined the problems they've experienced because of the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act process.

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