American President Donald Trump's announcement of an exemption for Canada from new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports highlights Ottawa's intimate military-strategic partnership with USA imperialism and the determination of Justin Trudeau's Liberal government to line up with Washington in its preparations for economic and military conflict with its main rivals, above all China.
Trudeau made the comments in an early-morning appearance Tuesday on Hamilton television station CHCH before visits to steel mills in the Ontario city.
Canada - the top supplier of steel and aluminium to the USA market - and Mexico have been temporarily exempted from the tariffs until trilateral continental trade talks conclude.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco's chief executive said on Tuesday the company was not seeking Canadian government aid as the domestic steel industry faces uncertainty after U.S. President Donald Trump provided temporary tariff relief on steel imports.
"Of course we'd prefer also to discuss with the prime minister", said Reynders.
Speaking to reporters, Trudeau said he was aware of concerns that countries now faced with tariffs could try to get their steel to the North American market through Canada and the government was working with the industry and United States to prevent that.
Asked whether he trusted the president, Trudeau said Trump has always kept his word to him and has been consistent in doing what he said he would do.
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Trudeau's cross country tour continues with stops planned Wednesday in Sault Ste.
"The exemption represented a positive step in the right direction but we still have a lot more work to do", Trudeau told the room full of aluminum workers.
Canada is the biggest supplier of steel and aluminum to the United States but the steel sector accounted for only 22,000 direct jobs and represented 2 percent of exports past year.
Trudeau said Trump urged a quick deal on the NAFTA talks that have dragged on since last August and an eighth round of discussions are slated for Washington at an as-yet unannounced date.
Later, at a roundtable with industry leaders, he spoke again of the importance of steel to Hamilton, saying he was there to listen.
"(That would) ensure the vitality of United States and North American manufacturing industries (as well as) protect the economic and national security of the United States".
"There's no victor in any trade war", Didier Leroy, executive vice president at Toyota, said after Trump tweeted over the weekend that European cars "freely pour" into the U.S.