The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said that he had called up US President Donald Trump on behalf of his aluminum and steel workers. The Trump government had earlier announced duties being slapped on steel and aluminum imports into the US.
The PM told Trump that slaps such heavy duties on the Canadian steel and aluminum will hurt the NAFTA negotiations. He told Trump that this would have a negative impact on the NAFTA deal.
Canada exports 85% of its aluminum and steel to the US. The imposition of such heavy tariffs would hurt the workers, both in the US as well as Canada. Justin said that if not for the attempts made by the hard working Canadian Officials, Trump would not have exempted Canada from the tariff hike.
At present, the Canadian Prime Minister is on a tour across all the aluminum and steel factories of the country. He wants to show the workers that his government is fully behind them and is working against all threats that are imposed on them by the US administration.
He will be stopping in Hamilton, Marie, Ontario, Regina and Sault Ste. after his Quebec visit. Justin said that Trump has assured him that as long as there is a free trade in North America there will be no tariffs.