Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke today with provincial and territorial premiers to discuss Canada-U.S. trade issues. Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, also participated on the call.
The Prime Minister welcomed the decision by the United States Government to exclude Canada from tariffs on steel and aluminum, noting the tremendous efforts made by Canadian premiers, business and labour leaders and parliamentarians. The Prime Minister and the premiers agreed to continue to vigorously defend the Canadian steel and aluminum industry until the prospect of these duties is fully and permanently lifted.
The Prime Minister noted that, with respect to NAFTA, the federal government is working to modernize this agreement so that the best interests of Canadians are protected, and that nothing in the decision of the United States will change the government’s resolve.
It was also noted that the Prime Minister will visit steel and aluminum plants across the country, including in the Saguenay—Lac-St-Jean region of Québec; Hamilton and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; and Regina, Saskatchewan. These visits aim to demonstrate our support for our steel and aluminum industry and workers.