Justin Trudeau Says Tariff Exemptions And NAFTA Deal Are Not Linked

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"We are ready to take action whenever action is required. we had your backs last week and we always will", Trudeau said after visiting a Rio Tinto Ltd (RIO.AX) (RIO.L) smelter in Alma, Quebec, his first stop on a tour this week of Canada's steel and aluminum regions. The U.S., Canada, and Mexico wrapped up their seventh round of negotiations early this month. "While we are grateful that our trading partners, Canada and Mexico, are now exempt, it is our view that these tariffs will quickly become a tax on the fix and maintenance of vehicles, a tax that will ultimately be paid for in higher fix prices by the American auto owner".

Mr Trump said last Thursday that he is slapping tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminium. The two countries will have to make good on a renegotiated Nafta deal, Trump says.

Trudeau's dumping accusations against Beijing, which echoed Trump's own message, come after exploratory talks with China failed to advance to Canada-China free trade negotiations.

At talks in Brussels, economy ministers underlined that the European Union - the world's biggest trading bloc - supports free and open trade but that its 28 countries will respond if they are targeted by the United States tariffs, which are set to enter force next week.

Trudeau said Canada had a lot more work to do and would press Washington to ensure the exemptions were permanent.

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In a recent interview with CBC Radio One, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that there will be "legislation coming forward on addressing" the Canadian justice system. Canada is the biggest supplier of those metals to the U.S.

"To impose tariffs that would hurt workers on both sides of the border - it's not like that that we'll negotiate a better NAFTA deal".

Other trade partners, including Japan and China, have also voiced anger and pledged retaliation if the USA tariffs are enacted as expected on March 23. When Trump signed the tariffs, he invited others to justify their case.

"What we have achieved is a commitment from [US President Donald Trump] that the tariffs on steel and aluminum will not apply to exports from Australia", Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted on Monday March 12.