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Steel town MPs, industry reps, cool to idea of quota-for-tariff exemption for U.S. metal duties

By Beatrice Paez & Jolson Lim      

One major steel producer, Algoma Steel, told the House International Trade Committee that it would support certain quotas in exchange for a duty exemption, something U.S. president Donald Trump hinted as a solution to ending the trade spat.

The All-Party Steel Caucus is meeting this week, including: Liberal MP Bob Bratina, Liberal MP Terry Sheehan, NDP MP Scott Duvall, NDP MP Tracey Ramsey, Seniors Minister Filomena Tassi, and NDP MP David Christopherson. Photographs courtesy of parl.gc.ca

Federal MPs representing ridings affected by American tariffs on Canadian steel exports say they’re skeptical that a quota-based system can be a solution to the ongoing trade dispute, even after one major steel producer recently stepped forward to tell the House International Trade Committee that it would support certain quotas in exchange for a duty exemption.

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