Canada received’t be “greatly surprised” on the NAFTA negotiating desk, Justin Trudeau vowed Wednesday within the face of U.S. President Donald Trump’s ongoing push for a faster decision to the continuing commerce talks.
The prime minister made the remark Wednesday whereas greeting steelworkers throughout an early-morning shift change outdoors a plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., a part of a three-day meet-and-greet tour of communities the place metal and aluminum manufacturing are main employers.
“We’re standing up for ourselves. However, we all know there’s a win-win-win we will get to,” Trudeau informed one worker on the Algoma metal facility.
“The problem (the USA) faces is that we’re there on the desk, we’re contributing however we’re not simply going to be greatly surprised by them,” he added.
“We’re pushing again on some issues that we predict won’t be the appropriate solutions, which is what individuals would anticipate from Canada.”
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In a telephone dialog with Trudeau earlier this week, Trump known as for the talks to wrap up promptly – an echo of his administration’s long-standing need to resolve the negotiations earlier than upcoming congressional elections within the U.S. later this yr and a Mexican presidential election July 1.
Trudeau’s go to to the northern Ontario metal neighborhood was the most recent cease on a tour of metallic cities, which started in Alma, Que., moved to Hamilton on Tuesday and was scheduled to wrap up later Wednesday in Regina.
Trump lately exempted Canada and Mexico from tariffs of 25 per cent on metal and 10 per cent on aluminum, though the U.S. authorities has been dropping hints that the exception is barely short-term. Trump particularly has been linking Canada’s destiny on tariffs to the result of the NAFTA negotiations.
Trudeau credited the co-ordinated efforts of enterprise, labour and political leaders for securing an exemption for Canadian metal and aluminum from the current risk of U.S. commerce duties.
“One of many actually sturdy issues about our method is that we’re all saying the identical sorts of issues from very, very completely different views,” he informed a roundtable of business leaders.
“It’s been an actual staff effort and Canada has been united.”
Trudeau emphasised how the extent of integration between the American and Canadian metal industries means each economies would undergo from commerce restrictions.
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“We will see the bridge constructed with native metal right here that actually connects Canada to the USA,” he stated, gesturing out the window towards the overpass spanning the close by St. Marys River that separates the Canadian metropolis from its American namesake in Michigan.
“These are issues that I highlighted to the president.”
Earlier within the day, Trudeau was taken on a tour of the Algoma facility. Carrying a white onerous hat, he watched from a raised walkway as a red-hot sheet of metal shot alongside rollers and was sprayed with water, sending a pointy hiss all through the plant.
Throughout his earlier visits to factories in Saguenay, Que., and Hamilton, Trudeau repeated his message that the nationwide safety argument the U.S. has made in the case of tariffs is mindless and couldn’t apply to Canada.
Talking in Hamilton on Tuesday, Trudeau stated there are measures in place, together with tariffs and more durable border controls, to forestall metal and aluminum producers in different nations from utilizing Canada as a again door to slide low cost metallic into the U.S.
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Trudeau stated the excess of metal within the world market shouldn’t be new and with American tariffs in place, some nations would possibly attempt to ship their merchandise to the U.S. by Canada.
He stated Canada could be alert to such eventualities and would work with business companions and the U.S. to ensure that doesn’t occur.