Justin Trudeau visiting Hamilton to show support for steel workers

Canada's Trudeau accuses China of 'dumping' steel on global markets

Canada's Trudeau accuses China of 'dumping' steel on global markets

Donnelly also said the Canadian government must put resources in place to ensure that cheap steel is not diverted into Canada after Trump last week made a decision to impose a 25 percent tariffs on steel imports.

He said he began talking about steel with Trump at the G7 summit in Sicily past year, when he was emphatic that Canada poses no national security threat to the U.S. In Trudeau's view, the US wasn't just helping Canada - it helped itself by refraining from slapping tariffs on its No. 1 supplier of both steel and aluminum.

Trudeau pointed to the steel tariffs that Trump recently levied as an example of how he could trust the USA president.

"One of the things I pointed out to the president is that the steel issue would actually make it harder to move forward on NAFTA", Trudeau said.

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

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

"National security issues do not apply - could not apply to Canada - when we have our aluminum in their fighter jets, our steel that goes into their armoured vehicles", Trudeau said.

"(That would) ensure the vitality of United States and North American manufacturing industries and. protect the economic and national security of the United States".

"The exemptions aren't a magical favour that was being done (for Canada)", Trudeau said. He also credited Trump for keeping a promise: he said the president told him at last year's G7 that Canada would get an exemption, and kept his word.

"On the national security side, we have always been incredibly integrated".

His cross-country tour, with stops in Quebec, Sault Ste. The Canadian aluminum industry? Marie, Ont., and Regina this week.

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.

Trump created the tariffs with the claims that they were part of a security issue but Trudeau pointed out to the host that the US military needs Canadian steel.

Employment at the Stelco mill in Hamilton is about 550 people, said Mr. Howe, who attended the meeting Mr. Trudeau held with steel industry stakeholders in Hamilton.

But the US government also wants to make sure cheap steel being dumped into North America by Brazil, South Korea, China and other countries doesn't enter the United States through a Canadian back door.

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