NDP PRESSURE PAYS OFF: CANADA AND U.S. REACH AGREEMENT TO LIFT STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARRIFS
May 17th, 2019 - 6:35pm
New Democrats are pleased to hear that Canada and the US have reached an agreement to remove the illegal steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on Canada one year ago.
"Workers and businesses across our steel and aluminum sector have suffered greatly, and fought tirelessly throughout a very difficult year to reach this point. I'm proud of our NDP efforts in the House of Commons, the Trade Committee and in Washington to fight for these good-paying Canadian jobs," said NDP International Trade Critic Tracey Ramsey (Essex).
The NDP has been working with many stakeholders and workers, pushing the government to have these tariffs lifted. We are reviewing the deal to ensure that the tariffs are completely eliminated and the threat of future tariffs are removed.
Ramsey notes, "These illegal tariffs have been in place for over a year and have been devastating to Canadian businesses and workers. The cost has been incredibly high and we have lost over 1,000 good-paying, community-building jobs while watching businesses close."
The government of Canada needs to recognize the harm already done to the sector and use the over $1 billion collected from the reciprocal tariffs to help rebuild. Going forward the government must impose permanent safeguard measures to prevent foreign dumping and finally implement a National Manufacturing and Automotive strategy to protect Canadian jobs.
"Workers, particularly those in the steel and aluminum sectors, have been severely affected by the recent tariff dispute," said NDP Deputy International Trade Critic Karine Trudel (Jonquière). “The latter - and their families - will finally be able to breathe and enjoy a moment of respite following the lifting of tariffs by the American administration. New Democrats have always called for the Canada-U.S.-Mexico trade agreement not to be ratified until these unfair tariffs are lifted.”