Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, issued a statement following an announcement that the Trudeau government is launching a 15 day consultation period on how to protect Canada’s steel industry:
“Despite knowing the threat of tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum has existed for well over a year, the Trudeau government failed to take American concerns about Chinese steel dumping seriously.
“The issue of steel dumping was first raised by the Obama administration, and then again by the US administration when President Trump raised the stakes by placing tariffs on steel and aluminum on national security grounds.
“By ignoring these concerns, the Trudeau government allowed Canadian manufacturers to be impacted by tariffs when Canada could, and should have been exempted.
“Whether in Asia, the Middle East or here at home in North America, the Prime Minister’s failed approach on trade has rankled our trade partners and left our economy vulnerable. Coupled with overspending and higher taxes, Canada is poorly equipped to respond to global uncertainty and a turbulent investment climate.
“The only way to safeguard our steel and aluminum industries over the long-term is for the Trudeau government to immediately get back to the NAFTA negotiating table and get the best deal for Canadian families, workers and businesses.”
For more information:
Office of Erin O’Toole - Erin.O’Toole.A3@parl.gc.ca - 613-992-2792