Canada: Trump speaks to Trudeau over phone, stresses on fast NAFTA deal

Canada: Trump speaks to Trudeau over phone, stresses on fast NAFTA deal

Canada: Trump speaks to Trudeau over phone, stresses on fast NAFTA deal

"I told the president that imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum does not help with regard to NAFTA", Trudeau said Monday in a visit to the Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum plant in Saguenay, Que.

"We'll just respond the way we have, with focus on the work we do together and not too much worry about the rhetoric", he said.

We applaud the administration's efforts to rebalance trade and protect the USA steel industry and workers, but we are concerned that global import tariffs on steel and aluminum would have a devastating effect on steel-consuming manufacturers downstream, including the auto care industry.

"That is a concern that we share with the Americans and we're going to keep ensuring that Canadian steel is Canadian steel", Trudeau said before shaking hands and taking selfies with the assembled steelworkers. Tariffs artificially raise the prices of steel, causing modifications to tightly integrated global supply chains and companies to be less competitive in global markets.

Trudeau says he's been telling U.S. President Donald Trump for over a year that there is no national security threat from Canadian steel or aluminum.

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Justin Trudeau toured and met with workers at both Stelco and ArcelorMittal Dofasco on Tuesday. Mr. Trump has exempted Canada and Mexico from the tariffs while NAFTA is being renegotiated.

Lawrence Valley and the Great Lakes, to the ports of the east and west coasts and urban centres across the country, Canada's steel and aluminum industries provide thousands of Canadians with good, middle class jobs and play an important role in our economy.

Trudeau kicked off the three-day tour Monday in Quebec where he met with steel workers and union leaders at Rio Tinto Ltd's smelting plant.

Asked again about Trump's approach, if the tariffs are a negotiating tactic by Trump, Trudeau again moved past the potential threat.

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