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Friday, 01 March 2019 13:16

Ambassador to the US expresses confidence that US will lift steel, aluminum tariffs

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Ottawa’s ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, has expressed confidence that the Trump administration will lift tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum in the coming weeks. The US imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum for both Canada and Mexico in June of last year.  However, sources in the US and Mexico are not as confident as feel the tariffs may remain until Congress ratifies the new USMCA trade deal. Ontario Premier Doug Ford has expressed that the tariffs are hurting both countries and has called on Ottawa to lift retaliatory tariffs as a goodwill gesture, though the Trudeau government has argued that doing so would rob Canada of its leverage in the negotiations. 



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