Canadian steel industry says no financial aid talk yet

Canadian steel industry says no financial aid talk yet

Joseph Galimberti, the president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, said he urged Trudeau in a meeting Monday to immediately impose the retaliatory tariffs on metals while it consults on the other products.

"On the question of the tariffs, we think it is important that before we bring in tariffs that we consult with Canadians, that we make sure that what we are doing are the right things for Canadians because we know these American motions are going to hurt workers in the United States".

"What we had to say is that when one of our allies is an outlier, we need to point it out and we need to be really clear".

U.S. President Donald Trump may have started a trade war and, if some Canadians have anything to say about it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will finish it.

USA allies are raising a retaliatory ringfence around the United States, underscoring the openly neo-isolationist spirit of theTrump administration. He has not said whether that support will include financial aid.

U.S. President Donald Trump pushed through with his threat to impose higher tariffs on steel and aluminium coming from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico.

He said: "We still want to see what the measures themselves are, specifically we have been talking to the Irish government about the issue of bourbon being on the list because of the potential implications for the Scotch whisky industry and the Irish whiskey industry".

Some officials at the meeting said the tariffs made it harder for the group to work together to confront China over its trade practices.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the response to the United States tariffs must be "measured and proportionate".

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Quebec has taken note of Trudeau's comments, and its position on the renegotiation of Nafta remains unchanged, Christine Harvey, a spokeswoman for Quebec Agriculture Minister Laurent Lessard, said Monday. Instead, they argue, the increase in foreign imports has shut down USA steel and aluminum plants, leaving the US industry at risk of becoming unsustainable. From 1790 to 1860, for example, they produced 90 per cent of federal revenue, according to "Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy" by Douglas Irwin, an economist at Dartmouth College.

Morneau has called that "absurd" because Canada is no security risk to the USA, and he warned the tariffs will destroy jobs on both sides of the border.

"No one understands that due to security reasons there should be extra tariffs on steel and aluminum", he said.

Trudeau added that he does not know what Trump wants Canada to do in order to remove the tariffs, because the US actually exports more steel to Canada than Canada sends to the USA, and when it comes to oversupply from China, Canada is on the same page as Trump.

That all changed Thursday when Canada, along with Mexico and the European Union, lost exemptions to the US metal tariffs. The official said a range of issues remain to be resolved but the US looks forward to continuing the negotiations with Canada.

Other allies have denounced the tariffs in similarly harsh terms.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who chaired the Whistler meetings, said even though the group found common ground on many subjects, G7 members are now forced to do whatever they can to convince Trump to move back from the tariffs.

Mexico Foreign Minister Luis Vinegary labeled the tariffs "unjust and unilateral" but said Mexico will continue to negotiate with Washington to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.