Mexico, Canada should be set to continue with NAFTA without US

Mexico, Canada should be set to continue with NAFTA without US

Kerry Wise
March 16, 2018

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and U.S. President discussed today, Monday, March 12, duties on imports of steel and aluminum, about which the White house said last week.

Measures that have been put in place, he said, include tougher border controls to ensure proper monitoring of incoming products.

A steel tariff would be devastating for Sault Ste. He believes it to be necessary for the viability of U.S. manufacturing and all of North America as a whole. "The U.S.is the one that will decide to be in or out". "I'm happy to work with (the United States) to do even more to ensure that diversion or other ways of getting lower-cost material unfairly onto Canadian soil is prevented in every way we can".

Trudeau says Canada will not flinch in its support for workers and he hopes the threat of US tariffs can be solved in a friendly way.

Mr. Trump has exempted Canada and Mexico from the tariffs while NAFTA is being renegotiated.

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During his earlier visits to factories in Saguenay, Que., and Hamilton, Trudeau said the national security argument the USA has made when it comes to considering tariffs makes no sense and could not apply to Canada. "We know that the collaboration on NORAD, the collaboration on national security issues narrow and broadly is something that is really important to both of our countries".

The stop in the Queen City is part of Trudeau's nationwide tour visiting steel manufacturers. On Tuesday, he began his day by touring a Stelco plant in Hamilton, where he chatted with workers and stressed the importance of the industry.

Later, at a roundtable with industry leaders, he spoke again of the importance of steel to Hamilton, saying he was there to listen. The weekend before the announcement, Ottawa was getting word that Trump was heavily leaning toward including Canada, largely because of concerns steel from China was coming into the USA from Canada.

Joseph Galimberti says Canada has to work very quickly to identify possible attempts to circumvent the US tariffs by sneaking steel in through Canada and must be prepared to act to stop this.