Lifeline for Local Steel Firms Hit by U.S. Tariffs

Vance Badawey, MP for Niagara Centre, has worked for the past four weeks with local steel companies to address the impact of a 25 per cent tariff on steel and aluminum imposed May 31 by the president of the United States.

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey

Posted July 5th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Welland, Ontario  – As of this July 4th, , six companies and more than 1000 jobs have been spared from imminent closure, thanks to the collaborative efforts of MP Badawey, his counterparts in the nation’s capital, and a $2-billion commitment from the Canadian government to defend and protect Canadians in the steel, aluminum, and manufacturing business.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits ArcelorMittal Dofasco steel plant in Hamilton earlier this 2018.

“It is entirely inappropriate to view any trade with Canada as a national security threat to the United States,” stated Badawey.

These unilateral tariffs, imposed under a false pretext of safeguarding U.S. national security, are inconsistent with the United States’ NAFTA and World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations. These tariffs will harm industry and workers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, disrupting linked supply chains that have made North American steel and aluminum more competitive around the world.”

“Simply put, we will not back down. We will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests,” Badawey said, days after joining the Hon. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland at Stelco in Hamilton, where retaliatory tariffs on US imports were emphazised.

Badawey recently welcomed Welland’s ASW Steel president Tim Clutterbuck to Ottawa, where they met with federal ministers and support staff to be sure ASW and its workers “were on the radar,” when it came to Ottawa’s dealing with Washington DC.

Additional partners that were part of the collaboration included Welded Tube and the IMT Group, owners of PC Forge in Port Colborne, Welland Forge – all of whom risked closure and layoffs to more than 1000 employees combined, as well as retired workers and pensioners specifically those from Stelco and Dofasco.

“We are being proactive and constructive, for our national steel industry, and for local industry in Niagara,” Badawey said. “We’re protecting producers from unfair, unacceptable trade practices, we’re working directly with stakeholders, and we’re supporting innovation and diversification in steel and steel-related industries to enhance a sustainable environment and strengthen our nation’s global trade performance.”

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