The Ongoing Steel and Aluminum Tariff Saga - Trudeau Liberals Failing at Trade

January 17, 2019

On September 30, 2018, negotiations for the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) were finalized. This deal did not include relief from U.S. tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum, which went into effect on June 1, 2018.

How the Liberal government failed to resolve steel and aluminum tariffs while negotiating and signing a new free trade agreement (USMCA) boggles the mind.

These tariffs do not only hurt our steel and aluminum making industries but they make life less affordable for us here in Vancouver Island. example, in retaliation to the US tariffs the Liberals added a 10 percent duty to all aluminum boats coming into Canada, so the Port Alberni Boat House has to pass on this cost to consumers - both hurting Mike’s business and making it more expensive for residents of the Alberni Valley to get out on the water and enjoy Barkley Sound.

So what are the Liberals doing about the US tariffs? On November 7th, 2018 Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. told journalists that Justin Trudeau would not attend a signing ceremony photo op in an effort to pressure President Donald Trump into ending the tariffs.

On November 30, 2018 Justin Trudeau signed the USMCA at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, with no assurances as to when steel and aluminum tariffs would be lifted, failing Canadian workers in these key industries.

Considering that the Prime Minister’s only leverage was to threaten to withhold attendance to the signing ceremony photo op at the G20 shows the weak negotiating positions he has left Canada in.

Conservatives stand with Canadian workers employed in the steel and aluminum industries and consumers as we respond to the unfair tariffs being imposed by the United States.