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Condemning China’s cheap steel Canada’s best defence against U.S. tariffs, say steel caucus MPs

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have to quell fears the country is courting closer ties with China, opposition MPs say, as the U.S. repeats concerns Canada is being used as a ‘backdoor’ to bring Chinese steel into America.

Since U.S. President Donald Trump signalled last year he would look into steel tariffs, members of the all-party steel caucus have been building allies in the U.S. to support Canada’s case for an exemption. The members include from left, Liberal MPs and co-chairs Terry Sheehan and Bob Bratina, and vice-chairs Conservative MP David Sweet and NDP MP Scott Duvall. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, file, and photograph courtesy of Terry Sheehan

The Liberals will have to address American fears that Canada is being used as an entry point for cheap Chinese steel flooding the United States market if the government wants the threat of tariffs gone and a permanent exemption in its place, caution MPs from steel towns. But as the NAFTA renegotiations continue and U.S. President Donald Trump looks for a win, that threat may never be completely off the table as a bargaining chip because Mr. Trump

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