Despite the United States, Canada and Mexico agreeing on a tri-lateral trade deal, tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum still remain.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump spoke Monday about Canada joining the new deal, called the United States-Mexico-Canada deal, also known as the USMCA.
The fact that the tariffs still remain is an issue for Mike Day, President of the United Steelworkers Local 5890.
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“Dairy also doesn’t seem very happy. But as our national office has also said, it seems like it’s a sellout for Canadian steel and aluminum workers.”
In the past, Day has spoken with members of the federal government. In hearing from them, as well as from American officials, he noted workers at EVRAZ feel like their issues aren’t being taken care of.
“We had met with Ralph (Goodale) and then as recently as February, March, when ever Trudeau and Goodale were here,” he stated. “It was hit on the steel and aluminum markets in Canada. It seems like it’s only been lip service from both of them.”
Day said steel is still being moved to the United States from Regina, but it’s tough to say how the tariffs might impact future business.